BridgeHands #14, Bridge Suit Promotion, Rule of 7, Endplay, Safety Play
http://www.bridgehands.com/bridgeblog...Between promotion, ruffing and finesse plays, certainly promotion plays gain us the most tricks hand over hand. And when promotion plays are used in connection other plays, we rack up even more tricks. In th......
BridgeHands Social #12 - Promotion, Holdbacks, Endplays, Bath Coup, Frozen Suit, Rule of 7
http://www.bridgehands.com/bridgeblog...Once again it's time to play in a 3 Notrump contract so declarer's primary focus is to make extra tricks - primarily using suit promotion and finesses. You know the drill, promote our long 5 card suit and madl......
Polling You #70, Opening Leads - BridgeHands Duplicate & Contract Bridge Training Lesson
http://www.bridgehands.com/bridgeblog...While many leads against Notrump follow a limited number of guidelines, leading against opponents' suit contracts offers a far greater range of options. Playing against a Notrump contract we typically seek to......
BridgeHands Poll #22 Finesse, Promotion, Ducking / Holdback Play (Contract Bridge Play)
http://www.bridgehands.com/bridgeblog...Happy New Year, Bridge friends! On today's poll, we have a multi-part question: one querying opener's rebid, the other asking our play strategy. Actually, that pretty much sums up Contract Bridge and Duplica......
Polling You #68b, Leading Broken Suit in Notrump Contracts, BridgeHands Contract Bridge Lesson
http://www.bridgehands.com/bridgeblog...In this lesson, again we focus on the opening lead when the opponents work their way into a 3 Notrump contract. In our second lesson, we cover more hands with animated video illustrating bidding and play at th......
BridgeHands Advanced #13, 2/1 Slam Bidding, Jacoby 2 Notrump, Splinter, Blackwood
http://www.bridgehands.com/bridgeblog...Greeting Bridge Friends,Finally, it's time to step up to the table and take our best shot at bidding and making a slam contract. Whether you play the 2/1 system, Standard American or something else, in this le......
Polling You #60, Defending against Endplays, Contract Bridge Lesson, BridgeHands
http://www.bridgehands.com/bridgeblog...Now that we've mastered endplay tactics as the declarer, it's time to turn our attention to the more formidable task -- defending against the throw-in, elimination and avoidance play by our craft opponents.Pla......
BridgeHands Poll 14, In 3 Notrump - Finesse or Promotion (Contract Bridge Lesson)
http://www.bridgehands.com/bridgeblog...Playing in 4 Spades, with limited dummy entries and several finesse opportunities, what is your play? Do you prefer finesses or attempt promoting a five card dummy suit? We invite you to come to BridgeHands a......
BridgeHands Social Lesson #13 - Safety Plays, Endplays & Spot Cards
http://www.bridgehands.com/bridgeblog...Okay, now that we are getting the hang of suit promotion, finesses and ruffing as the declarer, let's turn our attention at some new tricks to develop extra tricks at the table. Yet before we begin counting o......
Polling You #58, Loser on Loser - Contract Bridge Endplay lesson by BridgeHands
http://www.bridgehands.com/bridgeblog...What, needlessly give up a loser -- whose crazy idea is that, anyway? Well, as the saying goes, sometimes when we offer something up we are returned more in dividends. And when it comes to the loser on loser......
BridgeHands Social Lesson 7 - Standard American, Responder Bids Toward Game
http://www.bridgehands.com/bridgeblog...Okay, it's time to step up responders bidding a bit. Playing the Standard American system, after opener begins bidding in a major suit, with 10+ points for responder its paramount to find the best bid. Of co......
Major Suit Raise - Social/Contract Bridge, BridgeHands Social Lesson 1
http://www.bridgehands.com/bridgeblog...As promised, we are beginning the new year with shorter, more frequent lessons for the social Contract Bridge and advanced Duplicate Bridge players. Premium and ULTRA members are welcome to enjoy both lesson s......
Poll #27 - Jerry Helms Bids Grandslam and Promotion Play
http://www.jerryhelms.comhttp://www.bridgehands.com/bridgeblog...We are delighted to present you a Bridge slam/grandslam bidding and play lesson by Worldclass Bridge Teacher Jerry Helms! In this session, Jerry discusses some bidding sequences that "......
Social Lesson #15 -- Bridge Suit Promotion, Entries, Loser on Loser, Squeezes
http://www.bridgehands.com/bridgeblog...Here we go again with more on promotion plays and another 24 challenging yet glorious hands to quench your declarer thirst to bring home that game, slam or even a grandslam contract. As always, we start off by......
Polling You 71, Active Leads against suit in Contract & Duplicate Bridge, BridgeHands Lesson
http://www.bridgehands.com/bridgeblog...In this lesson, we examine situations when making an aggressive "active" lead may help us generate extra tricks. Recall as defenders we must pay special attention to prevent the declarer from finding extra tri......
BridgeHands Advanced Lesson 9 Duplicate Bridge - 3 Level Jump Bids in the Passout Seat
http://www.bridgehands.com/bridgeblog...At long last, we have finally reached the final segment of our lesson on balancing seat bids in the passout seat. Recall that with a good 7 or 6 Losing Trick Count hand including a Semi Self-Sustaining Suit (......
BridgeHands Advanced 16, Responder Rebids, Jumps, Stayman, Jacoby
http://www.bridgehands.com/bridgeblog...Greetings Bridge friends, we are back with more of our analysis, commentary and illustrative Bridge hands to bid and play in response to our survey questions regarding responder rebids!As you will recall, respo......
Polling You #63, Jacoby Transfers to Minor Suits - BridgeHands Contract Bridge Lesson
http://www.bridgehands.com/bridgeblog...After partner opens 1 Notrump, is your minor suit at least 6 cards in length? Is the hand weak, invitational or slam going? What about the suit quality -- are the honors in the 6+ card suit? Should we be pla......
Polling You 67, Contract and Duplicate Bridge Defense, Opening Lead Lesson at BridgeHands
http://www.bridgehands.com/bridgeblog...In this BridgeHands Contract and Duplicate Bridge lesson, we focus on the opening lead when the opponents work their way into a 3 Notrump contract. As we've seen earlier in our Incredible Defender series when......
Major Suit Raise - Bidding, Social/Contract Bridge, BridgeHands Social Lesson 2
http://www.bridgehands.com/bridgeblog...Continuing our journey navigating major suit raises, this time the opener begins bidding 1 Heart or 1 Spade promising at least a 5 card suit. On a good day Responder will support the suit and perhaps even make......