ACBL logo

Intermediate and newcomer players - sharpen your game with this series of tutorials. You can browse the index by topic, or read them in order. Learn even more at ACBL's Learn page.

 

 

BRIDGE BITES 

    

 

INDEX 121-140

         

 

 

MR. AND MRS. SMITH

121

In which Mr. and Mrs. Smith lock horns after a particularly unfortunate defense

IMPROVING THE ODDS

122

Declarer concocts a successful end-play which saves him from taking a doomed finesse

FIRST THINGS FIRST

123

The percentage play in Diamonds was clear enough, but the odds changed as the play unfolded

A "FREE" FINESSE

124

The opening lead gave Declarer a free trick, but Declarer would have done better to refuse this gift

MANAGING THE ENTRIES

125

Declarer needs to pay careful attention to the entry situation if he is to bring home his contract

HERO OR ZERO

126

West pulls off a defensive coup  that is bold, brilliant and a little scary

CREATING AN ILLUSION

127

Some false-carding by Declarer gives West a chance to go wrong, but it was East who could have saved the day

ESCHEWING THE FINESSE

128

Instead of staking all on the trump finesse, Declarer finds a line of play which gives her chances in two suits

SENDING A MESSAGE

129

West could see the winning defense but missed a golden chance to let East in on the secret

PERILOUSLY HIGH

130

Declarer triumphs by  listening to the bidding, eschewing a couple of finesses, then taking one that might have seemed unnecessary

TALE OF TWO SUITS

131

To make 3NT, Declarer must take the percentage play in Diamonds, then do some counting in order to give himself the best chance in Hearts.  Did you get both suits right?

WORST CASE SCENARIO

132

If things look altogether too easy, then perhaps it is a good time to consider the worst-case scenario.

THE ONLY CARD

133

On lead at Trick 2. West has 11 cards in his hand which let Declarer make his contract, and only one which beats the contract.  What’s your lead?

A SURPRISING DUCK

134

In which Declarer makes a far-sighted play to overcome the adversity of bad breaks.

HELPING PARTNER

135

It’s a partnership game, especially when we are on defense.  Watch how West mollycoddles East into the right defense.

A FROZEN SUIT

136

Here the Club suit is “frozen”, whoever plays the suit first will blow a trick.  Who will blink first?

COUNT UP TO TEN

137

When you are declaring 4 it is always useful to be able to count up to ten.

TWO WAYS TO WIN

138

Declarer’s play in the trump suit has two ways to win: one requires a lucky lie of the cards, the other a misdefense.

TRUMP CONTROL

139

When Declarer is in a 4-3, trump control is often an issue.  See if you can find the killing defense.

LOUD AND CLEAR

140

When making a defensive signal, it pays to make the signal as loud and clear as possible.