Posts by Five O’clock Bridge

The Rule of 22

By Julian Pottage • 22 November, 2012

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Quick tricks are slightly less generous (and simpler!) than honour tricks. The scale for quick tricks is as follows:

Set Up Your Side Suit Early

By Bernard Magee • 4 November, 2012

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A valuable method for setting up extra tricks is to use a long suit, but it is very important to have an entry to run this suit. With this in mind, it can be wise to

Signals at Trick 1

By Julian Pottage • 4 November, 2012

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If partner makes an opening lead and you are not trying to win the first trick, you usually want to indicate whether you would like partner to lead the suit again.

What value should I put on tens?

By Heather Dhondy • 4 November, 2012

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What value should I put on tens when making a no-trump reply to my partner’s 1NT opening bid?

Penalty Doubles

By Bernard Magee • 4 November, 2012

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Penalty doubles are an integral part of all forms of bridge, especially Duplicate Pairs.

Use the Rule of Twenty

By Jeremy Dhondy • 22 October, 2012

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How do you decide whether or not to open the bidding? High card points? Distribution? Honour tricks (if you are old fashioned)? In truth, it’s probably a

Follow with the Bottom of a Sequence

By Dave Huggett • 22 October, 2012

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Most people understand the value of leading the top card from a sequence and the message it conveys to partner. It is equally important to…

Forcing or not?

By Michael Byrne • 22 October, 2012

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ONE of the problems that the improving player struggles with is when a bid can be passed (non-forcing) and when it can’t be
passed (forcing).

Hold Up In Dummy’s Suit

By Justin Corfield • 22 October, 2012

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The fate of many a contract depends on whether declarer can establish a long suit in dummy. Your job…

Use the Rule of 22

By Julian Pottage • 22 October, 2012

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Quick tricks are slightly less generous (and simpler!) than honour tricks. The scale for quick tricks is as follows: