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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 BY TOPIC

                                                                       

 

DECLARER PLAY

 

Remembering

the Auction

  As Declarer plays the hand, he bears in mind the bids that the opponents made and also the bids that were not made, as he builds up a picture of the whole hand.  

19   20   25   33   74  108  128  130

Counting the

Distribution

  Counting out the defenders’ distribution is possibly the most valuable technique at Declarer’s disposal.   So it's not surprising that successful Declarers never stop counting!  

  10   22   24   25   35   37   70   89   99  131  141

Counting

the HCP

  Good Declarers also routinely count the HCP that appear in the opponents’ hands … closely related to Remembering the Auction.  

5   18   20   21   33   34   70   105

Entry Management   In these hands the route to success requires that Declarer organizes transportation between her hand and Dummy in optimal fashion.  

2   12   46   49   51   56   69   71  115  118  124  125

137  142

Fishing
for Clues
  The clues don’t always come gift-wrapped, sometimes you must go fishing for them.  The posh name is for this activity is "making discovery plays".  

21   25   44   45   74   99

Deduction   Deals in which Declarer uses diverse clues to figure out the lie of the cards.  

1   19   73   74   85   87   102   105  107

Ruffing   Cross-ruffing, dummy reversals, maintaining trump control, when to postpone the drawing of trumps, you will find it all here!  

18   34   48   51   53   54   57   58   63   81   86   95   98   100  109

Card-Play

Technique

  Some deals don’t come with a neat label, and here we have a grab-bag of unlabeled odds and ends in which Declarer gets the chance to show superior technique.  

2   4   10   18   31   53   55   62   64   80   82   88   104  112  123  132  134

Throw-In

Plays

  Hands where Declarer forces the opponents to break open the key suit.  Many of these hands involve "elimination play" in which the defender's safe exit cards have been removed.  

11   13   52   65   77   79   96  120  122  136

Deceptive
Plays
  Deceiving the opponents is the bridge player’s favorite occupation, here are a few delightful examples.   7   9   38   60   85   101  116  121  138  143

Hold-Up

Plays

  Declining to take winners early can disrupt the enemy communications, especially in No Trump contracts.   24   40   43   75  114

Card

Combinations

  Where we examine individual suit layouts and see how to extract the maximum number of tricks from them.   5   11   13   22   28   83  110

Matchpoint

Decisions

  In duplicate play we strive mightily for overtricks, sometimes at risk to life, limb and contract.  

76   90   95  119

Squeeze

Play

  The connoisseur’s favorite, see how tricks can sometimes be conjured up out of thin air!  

50   65   70   84   89   92

Trump

Magic!

  A handful of deals where we enjoy the exotica of Trump Coups and Coups en Passant!  

37   72   93   105

Assorted
Gems!
 

A collection of brilliancies, such as the Crocodile Coup,

Morton's Fork, the Striptease Coup, and other gems
 

9   35   36   39   41   42   78  117 

 

DEFENSIVE PLAY

 

Opening Leads

& Deadly Shifts

  Opening leads are tough!  It’s often pretty much a guess.  Here are a few deals where sound logic comes up with the winner!  And also some requiring a deadly shift.   4   17   26   40   61   66   68   102  113  133

Count

Signals

  When Declarer plays a suit the defenders are advised to give “count signals” in order to help Partner figure out the distribution.  Here are some examples.   12   15   30   43   73   85

Counting the

Distribution

  Yes, this is just as important for the defenders as it is for Declarer, maybe even more so!  See also Count Signals   30   80
Suit
Preference
  Another signaling device, this one intended to tell Partner where our strength lies or to which suit we’d like Partner to shift.   4   26

Partnership

Defense

  In which we give examples of the defenders operating like a well-oiled machine, as they conspire for the ultimate demise of Declarer.   7   17   23   27   29   32   35   66   103  106  129  135  140

Smooth

Ducks

  When Declarer takes a losing finesse, it is sometimes a good idea to lure him to his destruction by letting the finesse win!   47   49   59   90  126
The Art of Concealment   Those Declarers will go to great lengths to figure out what you’ve got, and your job is to thwart them in their efforts!   21   33   44  111

Delicious

Deception!

  It’s always gratifying to hoodwink Declarer, so check out these gems!   6   8   12   21   50   67   90   97  106  127

Trump

Promotion

  A collection of deals where the defense can create an extra trump trick with the aid of an “uppercut” or by forcing Declarer to ruff high or by attacking his trump control.   14   15   16   17   94  139
Attacking
Entries
  Sometimes the route to success is to attack the entries in Dummy or Declarer, ruining their communication.  Here are some such hands.   39   43   88  115

 

BIDDING

 

Bridge Bites is mostly about the play of the cards, but there are a handful of Bites with subject matter

of interest in the area of bidding.  They are:           2   3   5   10   13   50   87   91   102

 

 

 

BRIDGE BITES

      

 

   INDEX BY SEQUENCE

                                                                       

 

Bites 1-20

 

Bites 21-40

 

Bites 41-60

 

Bites 61-80

 

Bites 81-100

 

Bites 101-120

 

Bites 121-140

 

Bites 141-160