Breaking the Bridge Rules: First Hand Play

Overview

Rules are made to be broken, and bridge is no exception. The first of a planned four-book series on cardplay, this book deals with situations where the player who is on lead - defender or declarer, at the start of the deal or in the middle - needs to do something that involves ostensibly 'breaking the rules'. Not, obviously, the rules of bridge itself, but the well-tried adages that every player is taught - the rules of thumb that work most of the time. Knowing when to break those rules is one of the marks of an ...

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Overview

Rules are made to be broken, and bridge is no exception. The first of a planned four-book series on cardplay, this book deals with situations where the player who is on lead - defender or declarer, at the start of the deal or in the middle - needs to do something that involves ostensibly 'breaking the rules'. Not, obviously, the rules of bridge itself, but the well-tried adages that every player is taught - the rules of thumb that work most of the time. Knowing when to break those rules is one of the marks of an expert player.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781897106549
  • Publisher: Master Point Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2010
  • Pages: 174
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 5

1 The Opening Lead 7

Underleading an Honor Sequence 8

Underleading an Ace Against a Suit Contract 11

Misleading Partner with Your Spot Card Lead 14

Not Leading Partner's Suit 16

Leading High from a Two-Card Honor Sequence Against Notrurmp 18

Leading Unsupported Honors 20

Which Suit to Lead? 25

Majors or Minors? 26

2 Unusual Plays From Honors 29

Cashing Out 29

Leading Low from a Doubleton Honor 32

Pin and Win 40

Surrounng Plays 44

Repeating the Finesse 49

Breaking Up the Endplay 50

Entry-Creating and Entry-Destroying Coups 53

Gambits 56

Avoiding the Ruffing Finesse 60

Unblocking Plays 63

3 Deceptive Play When Leading to a Trick 67

Leading a Low Card from a Sequence of Honors 67

Underleading 'Dangerous' Honors 71

Leading the 'Wrong' Card from a Sequence 76

Leading an Unsupported Honor 78

Switching to Unsupported Honors to Create Losing Options For Declarer 80

Misleading Declarer About High Cards 85

The Lord Giveth and the Lord Taketh Away 87

Putting Declarer to the Guess Prematurely 88

Preventing the Safety Play 90

Putting Declarer to the Guess as to Whether to Duck or to Win 92

Leading, or Switching To, a Deceptive Trump 95

4 Neutralizing the Opponents' Weapons 99

Safety Plays 100

Gambit Safety Plays 103

Determining Which Honor to Lead Toward 109

Spots Before the Eyes 112

Running the Defense Out of Ammunition 117

Keeping Your Powder Dry 120

Unusual Percentage Plays 121

Focusing on Entries 124

Entry-Creating Plays 129

Leading a High Card to Create an Entry 131

Timing the Duck 135

5 Deceptive Play By Declarer 139

Discovery Plays 139

Tempting the Cover 142

Vanishing Trump Tricks 155

The Power of the Closed Hand 165

Avoiding the Cover 171

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