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BRIDGE BITES 

    

 

INDEX 21-40

         

 

 

VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY

21

Before Declarer makes the crucial guess in the trump suit he fishes around for useful information (see also 25)

COUNTING THE HAND

22

Declarer counts out East's distribution with beneficial results

AN AFTERNOON NAP

23

East dozes off during the defense and East misses a golden opportunity to wake him up!

HOLD-UP PLAY

24

Hold-up plays are common in No Trump play, but in this suit contract it would have saved the day also.

FISHING FOR CLUES

25

Clues on how the enemy cards are distributed don't always come gift-wrapped, sometimes Declarer must go fishing

INTRODUCING DR GOODLEAD

26

When Partner's opening lead makes no sense whatsoever then maybe he is trying to tell you something!

THREE DEGREES OF BACON

27

West puts himself in Partner's shoes and comes up with a truly astonishing play

GOT YOU SURROUNDED

28

To see how a "surrounding play" works, please check this article.

TAKE FOUR

29

E-W do some spectacular unblocking in order to thwart Declarer

COUNT SIGNALS

30

Good defenders signal Partner in various ways, perhaps the most valuable of these is the count signal 

THE SAFE HAND

31

When you have to lose a trick, losing it into the "safe hand" sure beats the alternative

SECOND HAND HIGH

32

"Second hand low" is common advice, but this is a hand where it pays to ignore that recommendation

THIRD HAND TRICKERY

33

Declarer is constantly on the lookout for clues ... on this hand East has the chance to lay a false trail

A DUMMY REVERSAL

34

A ruff or two in the short hand (usually Dummy) is a common way to accumulate extra tricks ... sometimes several ruffs in the long hand is the way to go

THE CROCODILE COUP

35

This spectacular defensive coup is easy to miss, and in fact was in this deal from a World Championship

MORTON'S FORK

36

Here we discuss tax collection methods in Medieval England, and how they relate to modern day bridge

THE TRUMP COUP

37

You hold Kxxx of trumps and Dummy on your right has xx.  Are you sure to score a trump trick?  Not necessarily, you may be about to fall victim to a Trump Coup

ANTI-BATH COUP

38

You may well have heard of the Bath Coup, this article goes one step further

THE MERRIMAC COUP

39

Historians of the Spanish-American War will have no difficulty figuring out how this coup got its exotic name

THE SCISSORS COUP

40

Here's a play designed to snip the communications between the defenders