Clever Plays in the Trump Suit at Bridge

Clever Plays in the Trump Suit at Bridge

by David Bird


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An intermediate-level discussion of declarer play, this book focuses on the power of the trump suit. Its subjects include trump timing – should you draw all the defenders’ trumps straight away, some of their trumps, or perhaps perform some other vital task first? – and situations where you need to unblock in the trump suit or to put a defender on lead with a trump. The reader will learn how to make maximum use of the entries provided by the trump suit, and how to perform a trump safety play or a trump avoidance play. Two other important topics are how to make your contract against a bad trump break and how you can survive a forcing attack on the long-trump holding. Later chapters explain how to play contracts with fewer than eight trumps at your disposal, and also how to conjure extra tricks from the trump suit. Every couple of chapters or so, there is a nine-problem quiz section.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781897106723
Publisher: Master Point Press
Publication date: 03/15/2012
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 812,035
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

David Bird (Southampton, UK) is the world's most prolific bridge writer, with more than 135 books to his name. David has regular columns in the ACBL Bridge Bulletin, BRIDGE Magazine, English Bridge, Australian Bridge and other periodicals around the world, often featuring his best-known characters, the monks of St. Titus Abbey. He is also a regular commentator on BBO broadcasts of top-level competitions.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 Timing the Play of the Trump Suit 9

Chapter 2 Trump Safety Plays 23

Chapter 3 Timing Trumps to Combine Chances 37

Quiz I Trump Timing, Trump Safety Plays 49

Chapter 4 Trump Throw-in Plays 57

Chapter 5 Retaining Trump Control 73

Quiz II Trump Throw-ins, Trump Control 87

Chapter 6 Using the Trump Suit for Entries 95

Chapter 7 Playing with Fewer than Eight Trumps 109

Quiz III Trump Entries, Fewer than Eight Trumps 125

Chapter 8 Unblocking Plays in the Trump Suit 133

Chapter 9 Surviving a Bad Trump Break 151

Quiz IV Trump Unblocks, Bad Trump Breaks 165

Chapter 10 Accumulating Trump Tricks 173

Chapter 11 Avoidance Plays in the Trump Suit 187

Quiz V Accumulating Trump Tricks, Trump Avoidance 199

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