Winning Duplicate Tactics

Winning Duplicate Tactics

by David Bird


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Duplicate bridge is a different game. It's true that you can get by if you play exactly the same way as you would in a home social game or a team match. Duplicate pairs is a highly competitive game, though, and few contestants are happy just to 'get by'. They want to win - not just once in a while but regularly!

To be successful at duplicate pairs, you must adjust your bidding. You must know when to compete vigorously, taking a risk in doing so. You must also know when it is right to bid conservatively. You have to understand which contract to choose in various situations. In the play and defense you meet similar dilemmas. Should you risk the contract for a lucrative overtrick? Should you risk giving away an extra trick in defense, hoping that you can beat the contract? This is a book that every novice bridge player needs to read before that first pairs game at their local club.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771400176
Publisher: Master Point Press
Publication date: 11/01/2014
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 2.30(d)

About the Author

David Bird is the author of more than 100 books. His most recent is the award-winning Planning the Play of a Bridge Hand (with Barbara Seagram).

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 Making an Overcall 13

2 Tactics When Bidding Games 24

3 Choosing the Right Partscore 34

4 Preemptive Openings 45

5 Contesting the Partscore 54

6 Choosing the Right Game 67

7 Dislodging Opponents from INT 79

8 Lead-Directing Bids and Doubles 87

9 Choosing the Right Slam 99

10 Penalty Doubles at Matchpoints 110

11 Sacrificing 121

12 Should I Make a Safety Play? 132

13 Recovering from a Bad Start 143

14 Looking for Overtricks 153

15 Playing in a Sacrifice 163

16 Playing a Good Contract 169

17 Making Life Difficult 175

18 Accepting Defeat 183

19 Helping Partner in Defense 190

20 Opening Leads at Notrump 199

21 Should I Make a Risky Switch? 209

22 Opening Leads Against Suit Contracts 215

23 Cashing Out at Matchpoints 223

24 Forcing Declarer to Guess 229

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