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BRIDGE BITES 

    

 

INDEX 81-100

         

 

 

RUFFS IN THE LONG HAND

81

Instead of going for two ruffs in the short hand Declarer gets to 10 tricks via three ruffs in the long hand

A MATTER OF TIMING

82

In which Declarer delays the drawing of trumps until after she has attended to a couple of other matters

AN ESSENTIAL PRECAUTION

83

In which Declarer must exercise a modicum of care when dealing with the trump suit

A SHOW-OFF SQUEEZE

84

A special treat for the squeeze addicts amongst us

 

DON'T BE FOOLED

85

Declarer makes a thoroughly devious play at Trick 1, but there are some clues for West, he shouldn't be fooled

THE KEY CARD

86

If Declarer manages not to get fixated on K then he will realize that the key card is really the T

BLUFF & DOUBLE BLUFF

87

Declarer draws an inference from West's play, but West missed a chance for a subtle bluff

ALERTNESS REQUIRED

88

"Second hand low" is a useful guideline for the defense but an alert East ignores that advice to protect Partner's entry

A CONJURING TRICK

89

Bridge is full of astonishing and surprising plays, this one is called a Transfer Squeeze

RISK & REWARD

90

In some contracts you really have to be an expert player to go down, and here is such a case

A HAND WITH EXTRAS

91

In which we look at a humble 11-count and conclude that it is not only an opening bid, but an opening bid with extras

A TRAIN TO CATCH

92

In which a reliance on public transport induces Declarer to play hastily at Trick 1, with catastrophic results.

A SURE THING

93

Well, that Double certainly looked like a sure thing, but appearances can be deceptive

DODGING AN UPPERCUT

94

An "uppercut" is designed to promote a trump trick for the defense, but our Declarer found an evasive maneuver 

ROLE REVERSAL

95

It's actually no more than a dummy reversal, but we've already used that title and we are not allowed to do repeats

A HOPELESS CONTRACT

96

Oh, what fun to bring home a hopeless contract!  This one needed good Declarer play and some help from the defense

DOUBLE DECEPTION

97

Most deceptive defenses are a solo effort, but this one requires both defenders to be in on the joke

ONE WINNER TOO MANY

98

Declarer, seeming to have a surplus of tricks in his slam, gets careless and winds up with a tragic deficit

YOU MIGHT BE AN EXPERT

99

The average player might make this slam, or maybe go down one, it's on a guess.  Experts, however, go down two.

MAXIMUM DAMAGE

100

To achieve the desired result East must hold up the Ace of trumps not once but twice