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
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This Week in Bridge looks in November at some advanced bidding conventions that may be useful for well-established partnerships.

Try these for some interesting ideas to consider, including the underlying problems they try to address, even if the complexity and degree of artificiality is not for you.

These are part of an excellent free archive of short articles categorised by level - try the link to find articles suitable to you and your partners.

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How do you plan to make your slam on this hand? You as dealer open the bidding with 1H, partner gives you a limit raise to 3H and you punt on 6H - no opponent bidding.

West leads the SQ. On the second trick when you lead the HA, East discards a spade.

What is your plan?

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How do you defend after partner's D5 lead and dummy's D2 play after the following bidding:

South    North
1H       1S
2C       3C
3NT    All pass

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You are South in 6S after uncontested bidding. West leads the DJ on which dummy plays low and you win with the DA. You then clear trumps in three rounds with West discarding the H3.

How do you plan to make your slam?

See Klinger's answer below.

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This Week in Bridge looks at some further various aspects of defense in short articles useful for club and congress level players.

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This Week in Bridge looks at various aspects of defense in short articles useful for club and congress level players.

Try these for some good ideas, reinforcement or just a point of reflection - and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

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Opponents reach a 3 Notrump contract after partner has opened the bidding with 1H. What do you lead from:

  1. S J74  H T5  D Q8642  C K73
  2. S K63  H 94  D J7532  C Q64
  3. S A72  H 83  D J8653  C Q82
  4. S JT8642  H 5  D K73  C Q72
  5. S QJT74  H 84  D K63  C 953
  6. S KJ742  H 6  D K72  C 8742

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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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