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For bridge hands of interest

A Ruff Time

You have the following hand. What do you do when you hear your right hand opponent open 1S:


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Avoiding the cover charge

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West opens with a weak 2S - what action should North take?

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Testing hand offers multiple choice

Your partner opens 1H. Decide how you should reply with the following:


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Heartfelt gift

When your hand contains a long, strong suit (or suits), it is generally better to value your hand by counting your playing tricks (the number of tricks you expect to make with your long suit as trumps) rather than high card points. How strong is the South hand below?


SOUTH (you)

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Read that lead

East opened 1D and you, South, made a weak jump overcall to 2S. West ventured 3H, raised to 4H by East. Your partner leads the D5 which goes to your DT and declarer's DA. Declarer cashes the CA then plays a trump and your partner, North, wins with the HA then switches to the SK. How should you defend?

WEST          EAST (dummy)
   SOUTH (you)

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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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