Posts by Intermediate 2

The Scissors Coup by John Brown

By ferlema • 20 July, 2017


Scissors coup (or, Scissor coup, ) is a type of coup in bridge, so named because it cuts communications between defenders.

The Plan XXXVI by Tim Bourke

By Tim Bourke • 13 July, 2017

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West led a low trump and declarer won the trick cheaply in hand. Declarer could count eight top tricks.

The Hold up by John Brown

By ferlema • 9 July, 2017


The aim of the hold up is lead or tempo-value reduction: The object is to reduce the value of possibe entry-tempi in one opponent’s hand.

The Time To Finesse A Partner By JACOBY & SON

By Ana Roth • 9 April, 2017

Oswald points out to Jim that deliberate failure by third hand to play a high card, not necessarily the highest, but some high card, is known as finessing against your partner and…

Auction gives the defenders a clue By Mike Lawrence

By Mike Lawrence • 29 March, 2017

This is a good hand for the kibitzers, but less so for the defenders. Here are some things to help Este decide:

Elimination Play by E. P. C. Cotter

By ferlema • 9 March, 2017

Edmond Patrick Charles Cotter

Elimination really refers to the stripping process preceding the endplay, but as it is also loosely apllied to the endplay itself, I have left it as the chapter heading.

Attacking the Danger Hand by Terence Reese

By Terence Reese • 3 March, 2017

On many no trump hands declarer has to force out two defensive winners before he can run his tricks. It may be essential to force out those winners in the right order.

Forming a Plan by Terence Reese

By Terence Reese • 28 February, 2017


In a no trump contract the delcarer’s first concern is usually whether or not to hold up in the suit led; his second, which suit to develop first.

Working on two long suits By Easley Blackwood

By Ana Roth • 28 February, 2017

In playing at no trump, it is often important to make the right decision on the question of which long suit to start working on first. Sometimes, it is necessary to …

Third Hand Play Is Often Most Important, Often Hard to See

By Ana Roth • 13 February, 2017

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When-you have-a-choice-of-plays, do you sometimes arrive at a quick conclusion that it makes no difference which one you choose? Such a conclusion is seldom correct.