Posts by Advanced 1

The Endplay

By ferlema • 24 July, 2017

end play

An endplay (also throw-in), in bridge, is a tactical play where a defender is put on lead at a strategic moment, and then has to make a play that loses one or more tricks.

The Plan XXXVIII by Tim Bourke

By Tim Bourke • 15 July, 2017


West led the singleton two of hearts. Declarer rose with the ace of hearts and then cashed the ace and king of diamonds, throwing a heart from hand.

The Plan XXXVII by Tim Bourke

By Tim Bourke • 14 July, 2017

After this rather agricultural auction, West led the jack of hearts and dummy’s queen held the first trick.

Entry Planning by David Bird & Martin Hoffman

By ferlema • 3 July, 2017


A diamond lead would have worked well but West led the club Q. How would you play the slam when two rounds of trumps reveal the 5-1 break?

Hand-Counting Gives Declarer The Extra Margin of Safety By Easley Blackwood

By Ana Roth • 5 June, 2017

Counting the opponents hands to determine their respective distributions gives you a big edge over the declarer who does not bother to count at all.

Playing for the only hope By Mike Lawrence

By ACBL • 31 May, 2017

cartoon hope

This deal is a curiosity piece. I am showing all four hands at once because there are interesting issues for both sides.

Mr. Dale Counts cards and Comes Up with Right Total By E. Blackwood

By Ana Roth • 28 May, 2017


Counting a hand as it develops will often enable you to avoid a losing finesse and to follow another line of play which is absolutely certain of success.

The One Card Keystone By Ely Culbertson

By Ana Roth • 23 May, 2017

cartoon eye contact

The known location of one card often is the keystone on which declarer’s entire plan of play should be based.

Watch Your Step Carefully by Nikola Tcholakov (BUL)

By ferlema • 1 May, 2017

be carefull

It is really a good advice for the declarer not to hurry after the lead when dummy goes down. Don’t be mislead by a world champion who immediately touches a card from dummy.

Bridge Lesson By Oswald Jacoby

By Ana Roth • 13 April, 2017

bridge cartoon please

You all know the kind of player who wants to play every hand. As your partner, he will bid one suit after another if he lacks support for your suit. And if he…