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For bridge hands of interest

Heartfelt blockage

Newer players are notorious for getting "stuck in the wrong hand" with, for example, the lead in hand and no way to get the lead to dummy where all the winners are. We are taught to avoid this by cashing winners "high from the shorter holding", so as to finish up in the hand with the length in the suit so we can continue playing it, as here:

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Tune in and turn on...

A hand from a Trumps duplicate caused difficulties in both bidding and play. See how you would have fared.

With both sides vulnerable, you are dealer with the following hand:

NORTH
 86
 Q76543
 76
 A86

The heart suit is a little thin for a weak two, so you pass. Partner opens 1C, you respond 1H, and partner rebids 2D. This is a "reverse" - a new suit higher than rebidding the opened suit, promising over 16 points and forcing for one round. You rebid 2H to show the extra length.

Now partner bids 3D. Your call?

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Flair without finesse

On the hand below, South was in a 6S contract and had to find the best line to avoid two losers. Plan your play after West leads the Queen of hearts.

          NORTH
          
 KJT9
          
 762
          
 AQ
          
 6543
WEST                 EAST
 43                  52
 QJT                 93
 T7543               KJ986
 KJT                 9872
          SOUTH
          
 AQ876
          
 AK854
          
 2
          
 AQ

 

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Confidence and Caution

When a hand seems easy, try to cater for bad things that might happen. Consider this hand from a congress:

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Bending the Rules

Bridge players, like great artists, need to understand the rules but also know when to break them. One such rule is "always return your partner's lead". The rule is a fine one, but a bridge player will tell you it is always wrong to say "always".

Read more: Bending the Rules

Squeeze

Try this hand contributed by Tony Allen (playing East, dealer):

         NORTH
         
 T95
         
 T84
         
 KJ984
         
 93
WEST              EAST
 AJ8              KQ7432
 A732             5
 653              Q72
 KT7              A62
         SOUTH
         
 6
         
 KQJ96
         
 AT
         
 QJ854

Read more: Squeeze

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