Bidding 5-Major can be useful to ask partner for some specific information. We look at these “Obvious Questions” here.
Here we look at how to deal with interference after our Ace-asking bids - with D1P0, DEPO, R1P0, and more.
Here we discuss how to determine if slam is a good contract when we hold a void.
There are always more agreements about the meaning of double to add to your partnership.
Here we look at what double means in a variety of situations on the second round of the bidding.
The Non-Takeout Double comes in many shapes and sizes! Here we look at some of double uses other than takeout.
Here we look at traditional balancing doubles as well as “reopening” doubles attempting to get our side back in the bidding after we have opened the bidding.
Here we look at support doubles in depth with a special focus on using this tool at higher levels than many partnerships use.
Just as Responder’s most valuable competitive bidding tool is the negative double, Advancer’s most valuable bidding tool is the responsive double.
This week we look at one of Responder’s most valuable bidding tools, the Negative Double.
This week we look at one of the oldest conventions in bridge - the takeout double - and see that it is still one of the most useful!
Suit Preference is becoming a more common signaling technique. Here we look at some additional ways that suit preference signals can be used to better signal partner.
Keeping the right cards when defending is important. Making these decisions late in the hand can be a challenge. Here we look at how to get this right!
We look at an alternative opening lead system common among expert players - Rusinow Opening Leads.
We often lead a new suit in the middle of defending a hand. Here we discuss how to do that and how partner should interpret the card that we play.
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.
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