The end play is a valuable tool for avoiding a finesse. Here we look at how to get the opponents to come to us, instead of playing into them.
Here we look at the basics of squeeze technique for Declarer.
The most valuable cards on many hands are not the high cards but the other cards that threaten to become winners. Here we look at how to make us of these Threat Cards effectively.
Smother plays are an option when we do not expect an honor card to fall if we just play our cards from the top. Let's see how to make use of them.
Here we look at systems designed to help us deal with the opponent’s 1NT overcall.
The Impossible Spade is a useful tool for helping Responder better describe their hand in constructive bidding.
The mixed raise is a valued tool, especially in competitive auctions. Here we look at how we can use the bid just under our preemptive raise to show this hand.
Here we look at how Responder bids with a variety of different Major suit shapes and strengths.
Here we look at how we deal with the opponents’ interference after we have used a conventional 2NT response.
When an opponent doubles our control-showing cuebid, we need to know how to proceed with the auction.
When partner makes a Jacoby transfer and the opponents overcall, we need to know how to deal with this interference!
How do we change our approach after partner uses Stayman and the opponent overcalls?
Having good agreements about the meaning of bids at the 1-, 2-, and 4-level are common. Here we look at how to make use of the 3-level in a variety of different auctions.
Here we look an important topic, especially for competitive bidding: a variety of ways to raise partner. We focus on accomplishing this early in the auction!
Here we look at how to take the information we gain from counting one particular suit and combine it with other information to help us judge what is going on with the entire hand.
Learning to count a suit is extremely important. Here we look at how to do so in the way that is most efficient and helpful to us!
A significant upgrade to Minorwood, this week we review Q-Minorwood!
Reverse Flannery is a good approach for using a 2-level jump shift by Responder to deal with some problem Major suit hands.
Here we look at how to how to use artificial rebid structures in minor suit auctions to allow us to better communicate with partner.
Here we look at how Responder can use jump shifts to 2H and 2S over 1m to describe some difficult hands and improve our constructive bidding.
There are a large number of card combinations for us to learn. Here we look at when it is dangerous to break a new suit and when we are safe to do so.
Attacking the dummy’s honor is not always a simple thing to do. Here we look at how to attack using Power Shifts and Surround Plays!
Here we look at how to make the best opening lead from the awkward holding of AQTx+
The leading agreements “Jack Denies” and “Coded 10s and 9s” are important to understand even if you do not play them!
Here we look at how to split our honors in a variety of defensive situations.
As a defender we want to give declarer as many guesses as possible. Here we look at how to force declarer to one of the more difficult guesses, the Ace/Queen guess!
We look at a variety of suits to attack and try to understand when breaking a new suit is safe and when it is dangerous!
Here we look at how to learn to recognize danger and use that to determine how best to defend a contract.
Forcing an opponent to lead the suit you want them to lead is an art form. The strip and end-play is a valuable tool for making this happen!
This week we look at how to use the trump in partner’s hand to help us take a finesse in another suit. This ruffing finesse is a useful line of play when you think you know where a missing honor is located!
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