The Negative Double is probably the most useful convention in bridge. Certainly in competitive auctions. Here we overview what Responder promises by making a Negative Double after a variety of different overcalls.
Some of partner's bids are corrective, hoping to end the auction. Other bids are forward-going, hoping to reach game or more. Here we look at some examples to help us avoid mix-ups with partner in these auctions.
Evaluating your cards and determining whether to bid on or not is difficult. Understanding if your hand is generally offensively- or defensively-oriented requires thinking about your hand differently. Here we look at how to do that.
Having good agreements is an important part of a partnership. But understanding your partner's style of play and what their tendencies are is just as important (if not more so). Here we look at some questions you should ask partner to help you better understand their bidding!
Spear is an excellent system for effectively competing in the bidding when the opponents open the bidding with a minor and respond 1NT. We are most likely to want to compete in a Major suit and this system allows us a variety of options for doing so!
Transfer bids improve standard bidding in many ways. They are frequently used by Responder in a variety of auctions, but here we look at how Opener can use transfer rebids in the auction that begins 1H (P) 1S (P) to better describe their hand while keeping the auction at a low level.
A jump rebid of 2NT by Opener, showing a balanced hand with 18-19 points, takes up a lot of bidding space and can put pressure on Responder to show their hand and keep the auction below 3NT. Here we look at a modern sophisticated approach to solving this problem - Wolff Signoff with Transfer Rebids!
When declarer can set up discards to get rid of their losers, it is dangerous for the defense. Learning to recognize these situations helps you know when to get active and when it is safe to stay passive on defense.
When partner leads a singleton it is important for partnership morale to give them their ruff (if possible). Use every tool you can: Attitude, Suit Preference, and even Trump Suit Preference signals to try to get these situations right!
Developing winners is an important part of declaring a notrump contract. But if we cannot get to those winners after we have developed them, then they are not useful. Here we look at Transportation and making it part of our plan in notrump contracts.
When and how to give up control to the opponents is a difficult decision. In notrump contracts this can be particularly dangerous as the opponents may take many winners. Here we look at how to give up control of the hand and how to use hold up plays to try to make it safe to do so.
This month we look at some Declarer play tools that are effective in Notrump contracts. We begin by examining the concept of the danger hand (and the safe hand) and look at how to make us of this to make our best declarer play choices.