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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!

29 Comments

  1. 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
    W N E S
    – – 1 P
    1 X 2 P
    3 P 3N P
    5 P P P

  2. 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
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    – – 1 P
    1 X 2 P
    3 P 3N P
    5 P P P

  3. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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

  12. holley says:

    Left it to partner to X the 5C as That hand had some points. They didnt so took them down 1 without the X unfortunately. Led from H because took partner’s bid as negative X showing H & maybe D. I led 4th from highest (10 is generally considered a quasi high card!)
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – 1 P
    1 X 2 P
    3 P 3N P
    5 P P P

  13. holley says:

    Replayed hand and as partner had X showing ?strength in diamonds and Hearts, I led the JD as top of a sequence and this time took them down 2.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – 1 P
    1 X 2 P
    3 P 3N P
    5 P P P

  14. stevewehrle says:

    Good vid, Tina. Leading declarer’s trumps is a nuance that eludes me, so thanks. Particularly liked your dog’s comments in the background…
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – 1 P
    P 1 1N P
    P P

  15. terrypause says:

    good video…people are prone not to lead trumps…but it can be a good lead…if opponents dithered in their bidding

  16. michael102 says:

    Bid 2D and doubled, made it without problems. Kept opposition out of game.
    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

  17. janetru says:

    Watched the video and, then, tried to play the hand as suggested on the video. However, screen keeps going back to video when I press “Play the Hand” — ? Am I dong something wrong?

  18. zippy says:

    Tee hee! Tina, most delicately, shamed me (last week’s hand) into responding 2D on this hand. Made it (second try; doubled) only by the opponents losing it, by dropping the wrong card on a twelfth trick squeeze. My sense is I got away with a bad bid, not that I brilliantly made a good one. (Been a long time since anybody accused me of being brilliant!) OMG, I do love this game! You guys run the best bridge site on the web. Sending my credit card payment as soon as I post this.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – 1 P
    P 1 1N 2
    X P P P

  19. Replayed the hand again today. Can’t remember what I did yesterday other than contract making. Today, contract down 1.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – 1 P
    1 X 2 P
    3 P 3N P
    5 P P P

  20. nevillet says:

    We made it this time… The first time we went down one (1)…
    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

  21. bateyes says:

    Well, I thought ‘we’ were the opponents and we set them 2. I don’t understand this.

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

  22. jan2bridge says:

    I did not give my partner the correct information. I thought since EW were bidding in minors , my partner would have a match in a major. Too much thinking on my part.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – 1 X
    P 3N P P
    P

  23. kalynpress says:

    That was easy Part did all the work. We got them 2 down. I lead a diamond longest suit up the line?
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – 1 P
    1 X 2 P
    3 P 3N P
    5 P P P

  24. mariagee says:

    Aha well seemed to work out score 100
    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

  25. hlabreche says:

    Well, they made it because my Dummy played the A of D ! when he got in…when there is a void in dummy which he can see.! So someone should correct that algorithm!…it we wait…Declarer never makes that K of D…

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

  26. imdench says:

    easy, but personally, if i was the opposition i would responded to my partners 1 club call
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – 1 P
    P 1 1N 2
    X P P P

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