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Conventions: The Thrump Double By Marty Bergen

By Marty Bergen • 29 May, 2017

Instead of describing the thrump double, the decision was made to quote the author. The following description is by Mr. Marty Bergen, (website), who invented and devised the thrump double and …

Recurring headaches – part 2 By August Boehm

By August Boehm • 30 November, 2016


Standard systems, where the opening bid of one of a suit has a wide range — anywhere from 12 to 21 points — contain a built-in headache. The problem comes with…

Splimit Bids By Billy Miller

By ACBL • 14 November, 2016


Splinter bids come in all shapes and sizes, but the vast majority of players are familiar with only the most common examples. An especially cool type of splinter bid is one referred to as a “splimit” bid.

Redoubles By Jim Diebel

By Ana Roth • 12 October, 2016

Jim Diebel

One of the places I most often see confusion at the bridge table is in the use of the redouble. Precise use of the redouble will significantly improve your contracts and consequently your results.

Defence Against Opponent’s 1NT Overcall

By Ana Roth • 2 September, 2016


When partner opens 1-minor and the next opponent overcalls 1NT, there are generally two types of hands you would (like to) bid with.

Conventions: Scrambling 2NT

By Bob Crosby • 13 July, 2016

Bob Crosby

A bid that is dying in popularity in competitive auctions is the 2NT bid . Over the years experts have concluded the usefulness of it being “natural” is just not there .

Conventions: The ambiguous 2♣ response over 1NT opening

By Ana Roth • 6 July, 2016

bridge cartoon vs chess

The widely known Stayman convention was invented in UK during the 2nd world war by Mr. Marx and , at the same time, in USA by Mr. Rapee.

Conventions: Leaping & Non-Leaping Michaels

By Ana Roth • 15 June, 2016


Leaping Michaels is a bridge convention used to show a strong two-suited hand, after opponents have opened the bidding, and partner …

Why Transfers?

By Ana Roth • 11 April, 2016

bridge cartoon conventions

For the newer player, it might make sense to in a very basic manner explain why you would want to use “transfers” at all.

Conventions: Jump Ball

By Ana Roth • 1 April, 2016

Jump Ball

The concept behind this conventional method is to employ it after an opponent has opened the auction with 1 No Trump.