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 looks at overcalls in short articles suitable for club and congress level players.Try these for some good ideas, reinforcement or just a point of reflection:

 

 

Image of South's hand

After West opens 1H and both North and East pass, how do you bid this hand?

Some partnerships have a system for competing in the pass-out position where the opener's bid is followed by two passes. For the purpose of this challenge let's assume you have no such agreement with your partner.

 

BBO bidding screen

Several of our competitive players have expressed interest in learning more about how to use Bridge Base Online (BBO) to improve their bridge.

In this article we will gradually provide guides to help players get the best out of BBO's free and paid (but cheap) options for learning. 

BBO has its own good help options but have a look at our collection below.

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The American Contract Bridge League provides a weekly bidding challenge. With both sides vulnerable with IMPs (teams) scoring what do you bid as South with 

S KQ764
H T8
D Q62
C T85

after this bidding:

WEST NORTH EAST SOUTH
           P    P
P    1D    2C   ?

Shows the problem

One might prefer better diamond spots for a 1NT overcall. But doubling is also dangerous; what would one do if partner advanced with 2C? At least 1NT accurately communicates the hand-type and strength.

At trick one, West leads the H9 and East puts up the HJ. When you lead the CK, it wins the trick.

How would you plan the play?

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This Week in Bridge looks at overcalls in short articles suitable for club and congress level players.Try these for some good ideas, reinforcement or just a point of reflection:

Bridge Shop's vugraph hand of the week

If you are looking to improve your bridge efficiently then this hand of the week challenge offered by The Bridge Shop (located in Penshurst St, Willoughy) has a great deal going for it.

First of all their hands of the week puts you on the spot as if you were at the table and have to make the right decision - you are on the spot. Secondly it provides step by important step commentary to ensure you understand the best choice at the time. You only need to provide the discipline to think your decision out well before moving on to the "answers" ie the next item of commentary.

There are two Vu-graph strands - for intermediate (green) and for newcomers (blue). The site gives you one free hand a week from each strand and shows the last five. For some of us that might be all we have time for. But for those who want to learn more there is the subscription option - receive more than 500 intermediate hands for only $60 pa.

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On pages 6-8 of the Trumps Bridge Centre's June quarter 2018 newsletter to their members, Derrick has included a great three page article on bidding (and overcalling) preempts in the modern style.

He discusses how trends have changed and the merits of various guidelines for determining whether and at what level to bid.

Decisions remain one for each player or partnership but this short article would repay close reading.

 

Subcategories

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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

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