This Playing Better Initiatives category of the website houses articles for and by players who are focused on developing their competitive bridge bidding and play.

These articles and challenges may include:

  • Discussion of strategies to improve bridge bidding and play
  • Articles on non-standard conventions
  • Wraps of major congresses
  • Quizzes players can use to test and improve their bidding, declarer play and defense play
  • Other resources
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This Week in Bridge is looking at No Trump bidding this month in short articles suitable for club and congress level players.Try these for some good ideas:

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Start with accepting that trying to improve your bidding is not easy - and continually humbling. Add in that it is really best done in conjunction with your regular partners so that you can discover the subtle differences in the way you see bidding situations. And clearly the specifics will depend on what overall bidding system you choose. But having noted these cautions, where can you do to improve your bidding judgment?

Maybe try:

  1. The weekly ACBL "Its your call" Bidding Challenge - either go to its ACBL source or participate in the discussion on our club Facebook group
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February will see many of our competitive players head north to the Gold Coast Congress - may we all have some success in meeting out aspirations and, if not, at least some fun along the way. To help the fun and social side there are plans to have a dinner at the local Kurrawa Surf Club bistro on Monday 19 Feb - make sure you get the details from our Facebook group (where you can book in) or from our intrepid event organizer. Peter Clarke.

New PBI initiatives in the last month for those seeking to improve their competitive play include:

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You are East. The bidding went:

West  North East  South
                   P      2H*
3C     3H     4C    4H
All pass

Your partner, West, led the CA-C2-C9(reverse count)-CT, and then switched to the S8-S2-SA-SJ. What do you lead to the third trick?

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This Week in Bridge is looking at Partnership Understanding this month in short articles suitable for club and congress level players.Try these for some good ideas:

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See if you can work this one out:

S 54
H K73
D A86
C AQ863

S A82
H A842
D K73
C 752

You, South are in 3NT, with East having bid spades, West dutifully leading one. How do you plan the play?

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This Week in Bridge is looking at Defense in short articles suitable for club and congress level players.Try these for some good ideas:

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"Defence, defence, defence. Making those -620s into +100s and -90s into +50s will transform your score sheet and your results." according to expert Paul Lavings. "Most players and partnerships put far too little time into their defence."

Paul delivered a talk at the NSW Bridge Association on Monday 11 April 2016 on this critical topic.

Try his defensive checklist to see what you can be doing to improve your defence:

 

Subcategories

For articles on how competitive players can improve

For items that challenge or can help you improve your bidding

Articles on how to practice and improve your partnership bidding

For articles about how to practice and improve your declarer play

For items helping players improve their defence play