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The whole situation described only seems to work when partner has 3 cards and will lead through on the 2nd round. The honour lead also works of course when declarer has Qx and you can run 5 tricks on top. I think most of the time, if East has a side-suit ace, declarer probably won't have 9 tricks to run anyway, so attitude will probably be better most of ...


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A rubber is a series that consists of an odd number of matches where a majority of wins takes the series. For example, in baseball, the World Series is an example of a rubber; the team that wins 4 games out of 7 wins the series. Rubber bridge is a form of contract bridge where the teams play best out of three games. (Wiktionary lists this the etymology of ...


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When West leads the king of diamonds, he is announcing at least three honors, one of which may be the ace. (With AK or AQ and no third honor, he'd lead the ace, or possibly "fourth best.") East sees his Jack, and knows that North-South has at most one diamond honor. If it is the ace, it doesn't matter, but if it is Qxx (or four to the T), South's honor will ...


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The basic idea is reasonable but unpopular, perhaps justifiably so. The main problem with using SP here is that declarer may hold no stopper in the suit. East needs a way to encourage with Qxx. Some top pairs never the less agree to use SP extensively on the opening lead. I have not used this method, but having three suits in play seems impractical. East's ...


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Here's the way I've approached it. I am still learning but seem to be getting better. First, my partner and I practice counting and visualizing online against a pair of robots. There are downsides to the robots (they don't always card the way humans do), but they're good about letting you chat as much as you like. After bidding, whether we're declarers or ...


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A lot of "butt-in" interventions are there not so much in a constructive manner to try to find the best contract but to interfere with the opponents' bidding system, which is usually less equipped to deal with it. Pick up most bidding systems and it can be pages and pages of bids and responses and rebids etc, and very little on what to do if the opponents ...


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There are 3 approaches really: Scientific approach. You try to ascertain what you can make by communicating with partner. The opponents may enter the bidding, but you want to know who can make what and ensure par is met on the hand. Pre-emptive approach. Assumption that the opponents have something on and you want to leap in at a high level so they find it ...



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