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Even Poor Hands Deserve Good Play

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Just because you have a terrible hand, doesn’t mean that you have nothing to do. On defense, try to figure out declarer’s line of play, and then do your best to counter it. Often, the opening lead determines the fate of the contract. If declarer is looking to ruff his losers, then lead a trump!

12 Comments

  1. Profile photo of tina tina says:

    Sometimes when you have a very bad hand, it is easy to go to sleep. Wrong! You may have a crucial decision to make. Stay awake for partner’s sake if not your own.


    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
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    – – 1 P
    1 X 2 P
    3 P 3N P
    5 P P P

  2. Profile photo of amafyram amafyram says:

    @tina: no-one has asked you what you meant Tina! I’d love to know.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – 1 P
    1 X 2 P
    3 P 3N P
    5 P P P

  3. Profile photo of quesera quesera says:

    @tina, I assume you led a heart, but which one? Top of nothing, or low to show the honour (10)?
    I led low, in case my partner would think I was promising the 9 (top of a sequence).

    Have i got that wrong?

    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – 1 P
    1 X 2 2
    5 P P P

  4. Profile photo of paws paws says:

    Yes @tina I went to sleep on first try and made 2DXX second try. Must be more careful. So much easier the second time.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – 1 P
    P 1 1N 2
    X P P XX
    P P P

  5. Profile photo of jbrown jbrown says:

    You are soooo! right Tina.
    I went to sleep at bridge today.The hands were very uninteresting.
    Good advice, many thanks
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – 1 P
    P 1 1N P
    P P

  6. Profile photo of kbalagopal kbalagopal says:

    Let them make an extra trick by tossing diamonds – thought I was being clever and unblocking. oops
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – 1 P
    P 1 1N P
    P P

  7. Profile photo of valjef valjef says:

    DISASTEROUS,!!! No comment
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – 1 P
    P 1 1N 3
    P 5 P P
    P

  8. Profile photo of debdaniels debdaniels says:

    That is the ticket!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – 1 P
    P 1 1N 2
    X P P XX
    P P P

  9. Nothing doing with my hand, but ptn doubled. I took it to be an informative double saying he’d got some points. I may have been wrong in that, but I decided to double the contract anyway & it came off. Contract down 1.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – 1 P
    1 X 2 2
    5 P P X
    P P P

  10. Profile photo of wadkin37 wadkin37 says:

    wadkin37
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – 1 P
    P 1 1N P
    P P

  11. Profile photo of up1tick up1tick says:

    I should not have bid 2D with 1 point, but made it
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – 1 P
    P 1 1N 2
    X P P P

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