Ruffing in the long hand is often a bad thing. But if we do this bad thing enough, it can turn into a good thing by allowing us to turn the short side into a long side. Here we look at this dummy reversal line of play.
As Declarer we have many tools for helping us take more tricks. A “Hold Up Play” is a valuable one of these tools, especially in Notrump contracts. Here we look at some positions where it is best to choose not win the first trick.
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!