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BRIDGE BITES 

    

 

INDEX 101-120

         

 

 

WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS

101

When Partner puts you in yet another hopeless contract, don't despair, just put on your hornswoggling shoes

A REVEALING AUCTION

102

N-S engage in a breathtakingly scientific auction, giving West all the information he needs to make the killing lead

PARTNERSHIP DEFENSE

103

When the defenders are in perfect harmony with their methods and logic then Declarer had better watch out!

NO MATH REQUIRED

104

Statistical knowledge is a wonderful thing but, more often than not, common sense comes up with the same answer

VANISHING TRUMP TRICK

105

In which Declarer executes a Coup en Passant, much to the aggrievement of the defense

A GOOD ATTITUDE

106

In which we take a look at “attitude leads”, all the better to help Partner make the winning play

WHAT'S YOUR PLAN B?

107

Just in case Plan A doesn’t work, a good Declarer will try to have a good Plan B up his sleeve

TRUST THE OPPONENTS

108

Sometimes it pays to believe the opponents’ bidding and plan the play accordingly

RIGHT THROUGH THE PACK

109

In which we pay our respects to a classic bridge book from the 1950’s and respectfully add a 21st century chapter

ODDS-ON FAVORITE

110

In this deal, Declarer has a 50% finesse at her disposal, but finds a line which offers far better odds

ANTI-DISCOVERY PLAY

111

Declarer makes a Discovery Play, designed to elicit key information, but our wily East thwarts that plan

SECOND CHANCE

112

In Bridge Bites, finesses tend to lose, but fortunately for Declarer he had a clever alternative

TRIPLE PLAY

113

In suit contracts it’s not always a good defensive plan to look for a ruff, especially when holding good trumps

BLOCKING PLAY

114

Playing in 3NT, Declarer makes a play designed to block the defense’s long suit

WHICH FINESSE?

115

Taking a finesse is easy enough, taking the right finesse can be more challenging

THE ART OF CONCEALMENT

116

A  holding of Jxx opposite AKQ may seem routine, but it's not if you are in the business of flummoxing the opponents

PRETTY SOON IT ADDS UP

117

Bridge provides us with many humorous adventures, as demonstrated by this bizarre turn of events

AN EXTRA CHANCE

118

Declarer’s Spade contract hangs by a thread but the humble Spade Six saves the day in unexpected fashion

THE ONLY CHANCE

119

When there’s only one chance then we take it, however improbable it might seem

A DOUBLE END-PLAY

120

In which we look at two slams, both horrible, both making with exotic play