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Lose Your Losers Early

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In notrump contracts, don’t play out all your top tricks as soon as you can. Look for ways to make extra tricks while you still have stoppers in the other suits. The goal is to lose your losers early and then cash in only after your work establishing tricks is done.

14 Comments

  1. Profile photo of tina tina says:

    Don’t play out all your winners as soon as you can. Look for the extra tricks that you need to make your contract.

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

  2. Profile photo of banksia9 banksia9 says:

    Well, that was irritating.
    If the hearts are 3-3, I can make 10 tricks via 2C 4H 1S 3D
    If the hearts are 4-2, I can make 9 tricks via 2C 3H 1S 3D
    However, if East has the 4 hearts, I can no longer take the spade finesse. If the finesse loses they get 1 S 1H 1D 2C for 1 off.
    So, I took the spade finesse before the hearts and made 9 tricks only.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P 1 P 1
    P 1 P 2N
    P 3N P P
    P

  3. Profile photo of vals vals says:

    And there’s the difference @ banksia9 you are always going for the extra trick and I am always happy to make the contract – I have a long way to go !
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P 1N P 2
    P 2 P 2N
    P 3N P P
    P

  4. Profile photo of mrsh mrsh says:

    Trying to play bridge and watch the grandkids at the same time is my excuse this morning. On the first go around I passed when partner opened because I was put off by earlier hands, thought it was the opposition and didn’t have enough to open …. Yeah that was my logic…oops!
    Second time through made a fourth suit forcing and the overtrick easily.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P 1 P 1
    P 1 P 2
    P 3N P P
    P

  5. Profile photo of debdaniels debdaniels says:

    Easy to make— must bid tho!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P 1 P 1
    P 1 P 3N
    P P P

  6. Profile photo of debdaniels debdaniels says:

    When N declares makes 10! Better score.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P 1 P 1
    P 1 P 2
    P 3N P P
    P

  7. 3 nt, made.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P 1 P 1
    P 1 P 3N
    P P P

  8. Profile photo of wadkin37 wadkin37 says:

    wadkin37
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P 1 P 1
    P 1 P 2
    P 3N P P
    P

  9. Profile photo of cgray cgray says:

    I missed a trick (I think) by not playing the A of Spades. I anticipated a club lead next and was prepared to play low from the board. Gotta pay attention! At least made 3NT.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P 1 P 1
    P 1 P 2N
    P 3N P P
    P

  10. Profile photo of mariagee mariagee says:

    Many thanks tina, I found this very, very helpful. Score 600 9-4 tricks. Pleased as can be!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P 1N P 2
    P 2 P 2N
    P 3N P P
    P

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