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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.

30 Comments

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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

  11. chini says:

    Why’s did my partner not bid 3NT.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P 1 P 1
    P 1 P 2
    P P P

  12. mylee says:

    Were in 2 diamonds my bid, why
    my partner passed is beyond me.
    made 5 tricks.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P 1 P 1
    P 1 P 2
    P P P

  13. holley says:

    Made 10 tricks by sacrificing the KC cover and banking on all my hearts. Worked.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P 1N P P
    P

  14. holley says:

    Whoops. Miscounted my hcp. Will try again for game!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P 1N P P
    P

  15. holley says:

    Made 3NT this time because lead was a club. Better to be in game though.
    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

  16. amsadl says:

    Ended up in 2D which doesn’t feel right.
    Anyway, made 9

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

  17. joanbrookes says:

    Very basic and easy. As Tina said, get rid of losers first in NT. 10 tricks was there.

    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

  18. anguss says:

    bid 3 nt and got rid of losers first
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P 1N P 2
    P 2 P 3N
    P P P

  19. rdp27 says:

    took a chance made 5D
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P 1 P 1
    P 1 P 5
    P P P

  20. nancyjane says:

    Made 10 in 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

  21. bateyes says:

    This time I could not play at all and the computer just played it out for me. I am not working this correctly, I guess, but I do understand the reasoning behind not playing all the top cards – have y’all done this when you first played NT? Always interesting to me to hear how some others’educate’ new players.

  22. davstevens says:

    I lost two clubs, a diamond, and a spade when I tried for an overtrick in spades. At that point I had three diamonds, two clubs, and three hearts and no chance for ten tricks elsewhere. Not sure why I didn’t take the fourth heart. At least I made it, but it’s very frustrating.
    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

  23. clebag says:

    As you said: Get rid of your loosers first. to have one over? I’ll try.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P 1 P 2N
    P 3N P P
    P

  24. collar says:

    I made 10 tricks. Drew out the ace diamonds before taking my sure tricks
    Bidding System: 5 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

  25. pdiomartich says:

    Hand: 4 3NT Score: 630 Rank: 1/73
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    P 1 P 2
    P 2N P 3N
    P P P

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