Bridge column

At the Bridge Table: Nov. 6

Here’s a bridge quiz for you.

At the Bridge Table: Oct. 30

Last week we covered whether or not to compete over opponents at the five level.

At the Bridge Table: Oct. 23

In a spirited auction your opponents have made a bid in five of a suit. Should you compete at the five level?

At the Bridge Table: Oct. 9

I call it “grandslamitis.” It means the inability of many players to contract for 13 tricks despite overwhelming strength in the partnership.

At the Bridge Table: Sept. Oct. 2

What should you think when you pick up a hand with a solid, long running minor suit and opening values? No trump!

At the Bridge Table: Sept. 25

Because of the pandemic, there’s currently little club play that I know of, at least not in person.

At the Bridge Table: Sept. 18

Here are some decisions that arose from casual and Internet play.

At the Bridge Table: Sept. 11

Here’s an object lesson on the merits of pre-empting aggressively and fighting through pre-empts. South was dealing, with no one vulnerable:

At the Bridge Table: Sept. 4

Here’s a bidding guide for deciding whether to double an opponent’s contract. It’s called the Rule of Nine. It works as follows. Start with the number of cards you hold in opponent’s suit. Add any honors you hold in the suit. Finally, add the level of the contract. If the total is nine or higher, double to your heart’s content.

I was reminded about the rule when I made an inauspicious double in  a contract that looked beatable. I was sitting North and dealing, with no one vulnerable:

                                     NORTH

At the Bridge Table: August 28

Don’t help your opponents. That’s simple enough in concept but more complex in action.

• Don’t take a finesse for your opponents. Here you have the lead early in a 4♠ contract:

Dummy: ♠ A J 10 5

You: ♠ 9 8 7

Whatever you do, don’t play spades, hoping partner has the king. Here are the other hands: 

Partner: ♠ Q 2

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