Bridge Column: Sept. 8

Scoring 75 percent or better in bridge is such a feat that the Bridge Bulletin lists all 75+ scores in its monthly issue.

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Bridge Column: Sept. 1

Continuing our discussion about Losing Trick Count, we’re going to advance into auctions involving LTC.
Losing tricks count only in a suit contract with a trump fit. They’re determined by how many missing honors you have other than ace, king, and queen. You’ll recall that there is also one loser in a suit if you have a singleton other than an ace, two losers in a doubleton other than AX or KX, and three losers in a 3+ suit with no ace, king, or queen. Don’t count more than three losers because someone probably will ruff the fourth round.

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Bridge Column: August 25

You’ve read here before about the losing-trick count (LTC). Now I’m going to explain in more detail how it works.

The LTC applies to suit contracts. When there’s a suit fit, you want to establish how many losers there are in each hand. Typically, a minimum one-bid to start the auction shows seven losers. If responder has no more than seven, you’re probably in good shape to bid 4H or 4♠️ if a major-suit fit exists.

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Bridge Column: August 18

What was going on here? I was sitting North-South with Paul Laliberte and east was dealing, with East-West vulnerable:

                                   NORTH (me)
                                  ♠️8 4
                                  ♥️ 6 4 3
                                  ♦️ 3
                                  ♣️ A 10 9 8 4 3 2

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Bridge Column: August 11

Peggy Malaspina and Derrick Niederman, who arrived at our little slice of heaven from Charleston, SC, are leading players who have won pairs events at the regional level.

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Bridge Column: July 28

In a competitive auction when your partner hasn’t supported you, rebidding or jump-rebidding can be “deep and dangerous” in Shakespeare’s words.

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Bridge Column: July 14

When you’re trying to establish a long suit in a suit contract, it’s often best to ruff low cards first rather than cash high ones. Here’s a case in point where East is dealing, with East-West vulnerable:

                            ♠️ A Q 10 3
                            ♥️A 8
                            ♦️ A J 8 7 5 3
                           ♣️ K

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Bridge Column: June 23

Bridge players constantly re-evaluate their hands as the bidding progresses. Here’s a example, with South dealing and North-South vulnerable:

                   ♠️ A J 9 4
                   ♥️ A Q 8 3
                  ♦️ A 8 3
                  ♣️ K 6

WEST                             EAST
♠️ 6                              ♠️ Q 8 5 2
♥️  K J 7                      ♥️  6 5
♦️ J 10 7                      ♦️ 9 5 4 2
♣️ Q 10 9 7 3 2            ♣️ J 8 4

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Bridge Column: June 30

It’s usually unwise to lead an unprotected ace, even if you’ve bid the suit and partner has raised it. You might be setting up an opponent’s king. Trudy Ulmer understood this and made an unusual killing lead at my expense in the weekly 2 p.m. duplicate game at Howes House next to the West Tisbury Library on June 20.

She was sitting West and dealing, with both sides vulnerable:

                        ♠️ K Q 10 3
                        ♥️ A K J 9
                        ♦️ 10 9
                        ♣️ A J 10

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Bridge Column: Sept. 09

Here are some more bidding questions:

Q. 1—Sitting South, with East dealing and no one vulnerable, you hold:

♠️ 6
♥️ 10 7
♦️ A Q J 10 6
♣️ A K Q 3 2

East opens 4♠️. What do you bid?

A.—4NT. This is not an ace-asking bid but one that shows a two-suited hand. Partner should respond in the lowest suit that has at least three-card support. More often than not, 4NT will advertise both minors. Hearts and a minor are not beyond the realm of possibility.

Q. 2—Sitting South, with North dealing and East-West vulnerable, you hold:

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