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With what kind of trump holdings is a 4-4 trump fit superior?
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Sometimes a 4-4 fit plays better as trumps than the 5-3 fit with regards to using the long suit for discards, for example: S: Axxx | Kxxx H: AQJxx | Kxx D: Kxx | Axx C: x | Axx Here you can ...

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Should I reopen this hand?
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It would be useful if you also stated the form of scoring and the meaning of 3C, but I will assume 3C is weakish pre-emptive. In any case, with that hand I would definitely re-open the bidding and I ...

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Defense to Strong Pass Systems
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Much of the time your specific defence won't be against the strong pass itself, which is relatively easy to defend. In fact the pass itself can be a weakness of the system as your side can come in ...

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In Bridge, What Is "Playing the Card You Are Known to Hold?"
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The above answer is a good one and you have to be aware to make that decision. More commonly, you might hold KJx in a suit where declarer finesses through your hand to win with the queen, then plays ...

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Why would you not move pawn two spaces during first move in chess?
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e4 has an advantage over 1. e3 in that it does not potentially block the bishop on c1 (one the d-pawn is moved) and also that it attacks f5, thus preventing black developing his bishop there (or the ...

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Is there a reasonable suit preference signal on this lead?
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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 ...

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In bridge, do people go through cycles of under- and -over bidding?
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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 ...

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How should hands that are EXTREMELY strong in one suit (10+ cards) be bid?
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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 ...

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How is the board game version of Words With Friends different from Scrabble?
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Another difference, that actually has a bigger impact on strategy, is that the BINGO bonus (the bonus for playing all 7 tiles in one move) is reduced from 50 to 35. Together with the placement of the ...

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Would changing the value of Scrabble tiles have a negative effect on the game?
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Firstly, Words With Friends changed these letters scores: L, U, N: move from 1 to 2 G from 2 to 3 H and Y from 4 to 3 B, C, M and P from 3 to 4 V from 4 to 5 J from 8 to 10 The rest have stayed the ...

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How should I teach someone new to spades how to bid?
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If you are playing with a regular partner, you may introduce some conventions. This includes things like underbidding in front of partner and expecting them to adjust for it. Many players I see ...

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When should I get rid of the queen of spades in Hearts?
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Hearts is not a partnership game but each player for themselves. Sometimes you aim to target the leading player, but your primary aims are: Avoiding taking the queen of spades and hearts, unless you ...

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Chess: Efficient training for recreational players
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I don't know your level, but after learning basic tactics etc so you don't blunder away material, and improving your experience in that area, it starts being a matter of understanding positional ...

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Are there restrictions on pawn promotion if two pawns are on the same column?
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Some players will do anything to try to prevent them losing... From the position above, white promotes and black may as well resign. White can make a 2nd queen and give one of them up if necessary to ...

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What's the name of the move where the player swaps King and Rook/Castle in Chess? Why is this move important?
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The main purpose of castling is to "develop" the king, not the rook. The king is easier to defend towards the end squares but can be in danger anywhere. However around the e-file the king also gets ...

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Chess: Move 2 pawns one space each as first move
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There are various "handicaps" that can be used to enable a weaker player to "even up" against a stronger opponent, and balance the odds as to who can win. Some handicaps could put the weaker player ...

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What card should I play when my partner has bid nil and I can't follow suit but do have Spades?
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When you say the "trump" suit I assume you mean the led suit. Spades are always trumps. You need to assess where partner's nil is likely to be set. Scenario 1, you are worried partner might be ...

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Leading from the wrong (nondummy) hand in bridge
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In the shortened version: No, they cannot force you to lead from the same suit in the hand that should have led. But they can "accept" your lead from the wrong hand (or reject it). If the next player ...

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Do you need more to "pre-empt" with a major, than a minor suit?
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There is something to be said for demanding a better quality suit for pre-empting in a minor in front of partner, only so that, with a good hand, partner is better judged to place the contract in 3NT. ...

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Can you raise a one bid with only two "filler" honors in a suit?
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In general, I prefer not to raise a one-level opening bid without the requisite number of trumps, as one tends to use the law of total tricks to decide how the level to which to compete. When partner ...

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Running an introductory bridge lesson
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I made some "adjustments" to minibridge to make the contract based on the number of trumps and points preventing underbidding. It does mean you will get some unmakeable contracts but that means the ...

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Are there times when a hand with a seven card suit is too strong for a three level pre-empt?
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Pre-empts should show a number of tricks and then you use "cover cards" in a situation like yours. If partner is used to pre-empting on 7 to the QJ and nothing else then you're going to pass on hands ...

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In bridge, are the two "equal vulnerabilities" basically equal?
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In part-score bidding the most competitive is neither side vulnerable because the penalties for either side going down are lower, so playing rather than defending will be favourable unless both sides ...

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What happens when a deal is passed out in Duplicate Bridge Tournaments?
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In reality a passed out deal on the first round should not be reshuffled and redealt. The reason it is done is that people pay table-money to play in a tournament and want to play the requisite number ...

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Why are beginning to intermediate bridge players told to delay learning how to bid certain types of unusual hands?
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What they are saying is "don't learn this, yet". You need more bridge experience, and you don't want to spend all your time reading books, you need to take it out in practice, go out and play, see ...

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Is Duplicate Bridge (standard Matchpoints) a game of pure skill?
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Of course there is still an element of luck in Bridge for the reasons laid out. In pairs competitions there is the luck of the "field", i.e. what your opponents do against you when they arrive at ...

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House rules for Spade bids of nil, blind-nil, and 10-for-2?
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Nice to see a spades question here. I used to play spades a lot around 2003 but haven't played at all recently. I generally hate blind-nils and we used to outlaw those. I used to discuss scoring with ...

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Why is the strong 1NT so prevalent in Bridge?
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I have played both. One thing I find about a weak NT is when the LHO overcalls it, it can be hard for the 3rd player to compete to find a fit. The system I play makes it easier to find a fit when you ...

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