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BRIDGE BITES 

    

 

INDEX 1-20

         

 

 

IT’S ELEMENTARY

1

In which Sherlock Holmes uses his legendary powers of deduction to find the killing lead

TOO EASY

2

This slam contract looked too easy, but it contained a trap for our unwary Declarer

THE POWER OF TENS

3

Those humble Tens don’t add to your HCP but they can sure add to your trick count

WAKE-UP CALL

4

If Partner makes a really weird-looking opening lead then perhaps she is trying to tell you something!

IT PAYS TO COUNT

5

Declarer does some counting in the matter of an opponent’s HCP, reflects upon that opponent’s bidding, and comes to the winning conclusion

A DELIGHTFUL DECEPTION

6

Hoodwinking the opponents is terrific fun, for more on which check out this deal

AN OLD RUSE

7

Declarer feigns weakness in Spades, all the better to conceal that the Heart suit is really his Achilles Heel.

A LITTLE WHITE LIE

8

On defense we usually give honest signals so as to help Partner … but sometimes a small lie is necessary, in the worthy cause of leading Declarer down the garden path

A DOUBLE ORDER OF DUCK

9

Here we take a look at one of the classic bridge deceptions of all time!

PRACTICE FINESSE

10

Some finesses are quite unnecessary, here’s an example

 

FINESSES ARE EASY

11

Yes, it’s true, they are … not so easy is deciding which ones to take and which ones to avoid

ONE FINESSE TOO MANY

12

Just because a finesse works the first time, there is no guarantee that it will work a second time!

NO SAFE EXIT

13

Watch our proficient Declarer at work as she methodically removes all of a defender’s safe exit cards.

A COUPLE OF UPPERCUTS

14

Sounds painful?  And so it was, at least for Declarer

 

A CHOICE OF PROMOTIONS

15

An “uppercut” is a way for the defenders to create an extra trump trick … here there is a choice of knockout blows

DON’T OVERRUFF!

16

Defensive ruffs are most enjoyable … overruffing Declarer is even more so … but beware, sometimes it pays not to overruff!

TRUMP DEMOTION

17

This article might well have been titled “Giving the Game Away” … read it, you’ll see what we mean.

SMARTER THAN 2nd GRADER?

18

Yes, of course you are, all you have to do on this one is to count up to 17

STUFF THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN

19

Good Declarers don’t just notice the bids that opponents make … they also consider the bids that are not made!

POWER OF DEDUCTION

20

“Deduction” might be an overbid here … if you counted up to 17 a couple of examples ago, you should be able to get up to 13 on this one.