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Extreme Bridge #6: Part 3

Al Stauber ~ No Comments

Tuesday November 25, 2014 15:22:08

Part 3(Click this link to read Part 1)(Click this link to read Part 2)Sorry this part got delayed --- partly because some sites and pages that posted the problem were out of sync, plus I was exhausted from overbidding, as usual.As some of you have guessed, I was the culprit who was West.  The deal was played years ago, and I was playing with […]

Snap To It!

Paul Cronin ~ 1 Comments

Sunday November 23, 2014 02:17:27

Looking for a name for the  defensive tactic of markedly snapping the first card on the table when it's the start of a high-low. One suggestion was "Sigh", or, if you play it upside down, then "Slow". Ideas??Do you play "Unusual Leads" ? Then add this one to your arsenal. You are defending against a spade partial, your side has not bid, and you […]

November 19, 2014

Steve Bloom ~ 1 Comments

Thursday November 20, 2014 12:45:47

We did very well in our match Monday night, and the level of play was quite high. Two play problems appealed to me, and I will feature those. First up, both sides bid up to three hearts on these cards, but our auction was very revealing, and, as a result, we got a much tougher defense than our opponent faced: […]

How Different It Might Have Been!

Judy Kay-Wolff ~ 18 Comments

Saturday November 15, 2014 20:49:14

Bobby and I were discussing the cascading effects of bridge on its enthusiasts when he offered, "Bridge has governed your life." My initial reaction was one of offense -- especially since he, of all people, should be the last person in the world to point a finger on that subject. However, after a few seconds' reflection, I thought to myself: He is […]

Recap Of 11/10/2014 28 Board Imp Individual

Bob Munson ~ No Comments

Thursday November 13, 2014 23:26:27

Lots of interesting hands, but only 2 double digit swings.  Due to time crunch, I'm not going to recap as many hands as usual, so it will be a shorter blog than normal.Bidding, play and defense came into play on the swing hands this time, so IMP swings weren't simply a 'bidding judgment' issue, as they often are.  The first double digit swing […]

November 12, 2014 - Two Trick One Decisions

Steve Bloom ~ No Comments

Thursday November 13, 2014 20:50:29

Sunday’s match went heavily in one direction, with East-West finishing up forty three IMPs. That is quite a lot, but the bridge at our table was quite strong. Thirty of those IMPs swung on trick one decisions at the other table. I’ll focus on those two swing boards. […]

A Plus Is A Plus?

Paul Cronin ~ 7 Comments

Sunday November 09, 2014 07:49:16

While all kinds of "courses" are offered on bidding, very few are offered on defense, and none on playing the hand. What is the sense in giving someone the tools needed to reach the "right" contract when he or she can't play the hand well enough to make it? Is it better to be in the "right" contract and go down, or in the "wrong" contract and make […]

Austria Must Not Be My Country

Jeff Lehman ~ 4 Comments

Thursday November 06, 2014 20:20:14


November 4, 2014 - How To Play Like Deep Finesse

Steve Bloom ~ 3 Comments

Wednesday November 05, 2014 17:01:21

Deep Finesse, for those of you who don’t know, is a computer program that analyzes how many tricks each side can win in any contract at bridge, for a given hand. The ACBL uses Deep Finesse for its hand records at tournaments, listing the potential winning contracts each way. All of this analysis is double-dummy, the tricks that could be taken […]

The Way They Were

Bob Mackinnon ~ 9 Comments

Tuesday November 04, 2014 14:35:13

The BBO coverage of 2014 world championships from Sanya provided bridge fans with lots of entertainment and food for thought. Kit Woolsey was on hand to give his spot-on expert analysis and Al Hollander was as ever an entertaining and helpful commentator. Both these guys favour Big Club systems.First we should note that Kerri Sanborn came out a […]

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