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121 tips for better bridge, Paul Mendelson

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121 tips for better bridge
Title
121 tips for better bridge
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Paul Mendelson
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One hundred and twenty one tips for better bridge
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eng
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Mendelson, Paul
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795.415
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GV1282.3
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.M46 2010
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121 tips for better bridge, Paul Mendelson
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Note
  • Previous ed. published as: 100 tips for better bridge. London : Stanley Paul, 1995
  • Formerly CIP.
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Contents
  • Machine generated contents note: BIDDING -- 1.If there is a misfit, it is for both sides-and you want to defend -- 2.A leap to Game in partner's suit is weak -- 3.A 1NT response does not promise a balanced hand -- 4.You must hold two stoppers in the opponent's suit to bid NTs -- 5.If three suits have been bid, you must have two stoppers in the unbid suit to bid NTs -- 6.If you like what you're hearing but don't know what to say-bid the opponent's suit -- 7.Always support no-trumps with a long minor suit -- 8.Don't open 4-4-4-1 hands with 12 or 13 points -- 9.When very weak, bid immediately opposite a weak NT -- 10.Open the weaker of two four-card minor suits -- 11.When to jump-shift -- 12.Look at the texture of your hand to help you judge the contract -- 13.How many points must you have to use Stayman? -- 14.You must have exactly four cards in a major suit to use Stayman -- 15.Don't let the opponents play at the 1-level --
  • Contents note continued: 16.Don't let the opponents play at the 2-level if they have found a fit -- 17.When is a double for take-out and when is it for penalties? -- 18.A double of 1NT should always be for penalties -- 19.Over opponent's vulnerable 1NT, compete if you think your side holds the minority of the points; pass and defend if you think you hold the majority -- 20.Never use Blackwood with a void -- 21.Upgrade to Roman Key-Card Blackwood -- 22.Keep your pre-empts pure first and second in hand -- 23.Three mini-tips on pre-empts -- 24.Having pre-empted, never bid again -- 25.Responding to a pre-empt-the key elements -- 26.After opponent's pre-empt, don't stretch to bid Slam contracts -- 27.Responding to an overcall -- 28.Never bid at the 5-level without 10 trumps between you -- 29.The Gambling 3NT Opener is a gamble in your favour -- 30.If you discover a misfit-stop bidding. Don't bid no-trumps! --
  • Contents note continued: 31.If you don't know what to bid in an uncontested auction, bid the fourth suit -- 32.The simple Losing Trick Count -- 33.Add points for shortages only once you have found a fit -- 34.Overcall 1NT with unbalanced hands too -- 35.Make very aggressive overcalls if your suit is spades -- 36.Pre-empt more aggressively overcalls if your suit is spades -- 37.Support partner's major suit on three cards rather than responding 1NT -- 38.After an intervening take-out double, support partner at least one level higher than usual -- 39.Doubling opponent's no-trump contract asks partner to lead dummy's first bid suit -- 40.Doubling opponent's no-trump auction asks partner to make an unusual lead -- 41.A double of the opponent's conventional bid shows that suit -- 42.Use an `Unassuming Cue-bid' to discover more about your partner's hand -- 43.In response to partner's take-out double, bid to the full strength of your combined hands --
  • Contents note continued: 44.With 6-10pts, respond with your four-card major in response before anything else -- 45.If your target is Game, bid bad suits; if your target is Slam, bid good suits -- 46.Your hand improves if you hold length in the suit bid on your right, or shortage in a suit bid on your left -- 47.As opener, if your right-hand opponent bids, you don't have to bid again -- 48.1-1-1 is 100% forcing -- 49.Describing big two-suited hands -- 50.Be prepared to re-bid no-trumps with a singleton in partner's suit -- PLAY -- 51.Listen to what your opponents have bid and count the hand -- 52.Listen to what your opponents have not bid and count the hand -- 53.Analyse the lead (1): Is another suit more dangerous? -- 54.Analyse the lead (2): Why have they not led their suit? -- 55.Analyse the lead (3): Counting the hands from the opening lead -- 56.Rule of 7 -- 57.Avoidance (1): If one opponent is a danger to you, keep him off lead at all costs --
  • Contents note continued: 58.Avoidance (2): Don't finesse into the danger hand -- 59.Avoidance (3): Strand the safe opponent on lead -- 60.As declarer, play deceptively -- 61.Make your plan before touching dummy -- 62.Retain entries in the hand with the long suit you plan to establish -- 63.Look out for the loser-on-loser play -- 64.Safeguard your contract-look for the safety play -- 65.Planning suit contracts (1): Count your losers -- 66.Planning suit contracts (2): If you have too many losers, hesitate before drawing trumps -- 67.Planning no-trump contracts-count your winners -- 68.Keep finesses as a last resort; try to plan an elimination endplay -- 69.Make the hand with the most trumps the master hand-automatic dummy reversal -- 70.In a 4-3 trump fit, take care to keep control -- 71.Put yourself in the mind of the defender to help you place the missing cards -- 72.Finesses (1): Never lead an honour without the card beneath it --
  • Contents note continued: 73.Finesses (2): What to do when you know where a card lies -- DEFENCE -- 74.On lead (1): Lead top of a sequence rather than fourth highest -- 75.On lead (2): Don't lead fourth highest without an honour -- 76.On lead (3): Against no-trump contracts, if you are very weak, don't lead your own long suit -- 77.Jettison high cards to show your partner his sequence is complete -- 78.Ruff high to promote your partner's trumps -- 79.Play the card you are known to hold -- 80.Unblock the flow of a suit by playing the high card from the shorter holding -- 81.Don't win a finesse immediately if the declarer must take it a second time -- 82.Show count if declarer is playing to a long suit in an entryless dummy -- 83.Make a suit-preference signal whenever the count is irrelevant -- 84.When discarding, throw away the suit you are least interested in your partner leading -- 85.Don't cover an honour with an honour if you can't promote a trick for your side --
  • Contents note continued: 86.Always lead a trump after opponents have shown simple preference -- 87.When a singleton is led from dummy, play small even if you hold the Ace -- 88.Think about the bidding and declarer's likely plan before choosing your lead -- 89.Drop your Queen under partner's Ace to guarantee that you can win the next trick -- 90.Make declarer trump in his own hand -- 91.What to lead when your partner has bid -- 92.The lead of an honour is top of a sequence: the lead of a high card shows disinterest: the lead of a little card expresses interest -- 93.Against suit contracts, never make an opening lead away from an Ace-unless the much greater strength is on your left -- 94.Never lead a doubleton-unless your partner has bid -- TACTICS, DUPLICATE TIPS AND MISCELLANEOUS ADVICE -- 95.Don't play with a trump suit if you can't do any trumping -- 96.Keep aiming for no-trumps: Stopper-Showing Bids for no-trump contracts --
  • Contents note continued: 97.Re-bid no-trumps with a long minor, if unbid suits are covered -- 98.At Rubber, Teams and Chicago, don't double the opposition for penalties if you think that they are only going one down -- 99.Double for penalities, not on points but on distribution -- 100.Don't eat crudites at the bridge table -- 101.Introducting the `Pudding Raise' -- 102.`Splinter Bids' pinpoint perfect distribution -- 103.With a long minor suit, always support NTs -- 104.Responder's re-bids show six-card suits -- 105.Avoid overcalls in the sandwich position -- 106.If you must guess, set a snare -- 107.Discuss part-score situations with partner-and solve the problem before it arises -- 108.Bid up at Rubber and Chicago-it's the only way to win -- 109.Keep your entry safe when establishing a suit in no-trumps -- 110.The leader's partner must be ready to perform his vital role -- 111.Second hand does not always play low -- 112.A double of a freely-bid Slam asks for an unusual lead --
  • Contents note continued: 113.To open, have 12 high-card points-or a six-card suit -- 114.Know your re-bid before opening the bidding -- 115.Slams at Duplicate: highest scoring at 6-level; safest at the 7-level -- 116.Use Quantitative Raises to bid no-trump Slams -- 117.Three mini-tips for successful Duplicate play -- 118.Your opponents do not know what you have in your hand; don't tell them -- 119.Remain alert, however poor your hand -- 120.Anticipate what contract your opponents might make-then, stop them! -- 121.Social bridge evenings-key information
Control code
000045492478
Dimensions
18 cm.
Edition
Fully rev. and updated.
Extent
193 p.
Isbn
9780091936051
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(pbk.)
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)551411548
Label
121 tips for better bridge, Paul Mendelson
Publication
Note
  • Previous ed. published as: 100 tips for better bridge. London : Stanley Paul, 1995
  • Formerly CIP.
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Machine generated contents note: BIDDING -- 1.If there is a misfit, it is for both sides-and you want to defend -- 2.A leap to Game in partner's suit is weak -- 3.A 1NT response does not promise a balanced hand -- 4.You must hold two stoppers in the opponent's suit to bid NTs -- 5.If three suits have been bid, you must have two stoppers in the unbid suit to bid NTs -- 6.If you like what you're hearing but don't know what to say-bid the opponent's suit -- 7.Always support no-trumps with a long minor suit -- 8.Don't open 4-4-4-1 hands with 12 or 13 points -- 9.When very weak, bid immediately opposite a weak NT -- 10.Open the weaker of two four-card minor suits -- 11.When to jump-shift -- 12.Look at the texture of your hand to help you judge the contract -- 13.How many points must you have to use Stayman? -- 14.You must have exactly four cards in a major suit to use Stayman -- 15.Don't let the opponents play at the 1-level --
  • Contents note continued: 16.Don't let the opponents play at the 2-level if they have found a fit -- 17.When is a double for take-out and when is it for penalties? -- 18.A double of 1NT should always be for penalties -- 19.Over opponent's vulnerable 1NT, compete if you think your side holds the minority of the points; pass and defend if you think you hold the majority -- 20.Never use Blackwood with a void -- 21.Upgrade to Roman Key-Card Blackwood -- 22.Keep your pre-empts pure first and second in hand -- 23.Three mini-tips on pre-empts -- 24.Having pre-empted, never bid again -- 25.Responding to a pre-empt-the key elements -- 26.After opponent's pre-empt, don't stretch to bid Slam contracts -- 27.Responding to an overcall -- 28.Never bid at the 5-level without 10 trumps between you -- 29.The Gambling 3NT Opener is a gamble in your favour -- 30.If you discover a misfit-stop bidding. Don't bid no-trumps! --
  • Contents note continued: 31.If you don't know what to bid in an uncontested auction, bid the fourth suit -- 32.The simple Losing Trick Count -- 33.Add points for shortages only once you have found a fit -- 34.Overcall 1NT with unbalanced hands too -- 35.Make very aggressive overcalls if your suit is spades -- 36.Pre-empt more aggressively overcalls if your suit is spades -- 37.Support partner's major suit on three cards rather than responding 1NT -- 38.After an intervening take-out double, support partner at least one level higher than usual -- 39.Doubling opponent's no-trump contract asks partner to lead dummy's first bid suit -- 40.Doubling opponent's no-trump auction asks partner to make an unusual lead -- 41.A double of the opponent's conventional bid shows that suit -- 42.Use an `Unassuming Cue-bid' to discover more about your partner's hand -- 43.In response to partner's take-out double, bid to the full strength of your combined hands --
  • Contents note continued: 44.With 6-10pts, respond with your four-card major in response before anything else -- 45.If your target is Game, bid bad suits; if your target is Slam, bid good suits -- 46.Your hand improves if you hold length in the suit bid on your right, or shortage in a suit bid on your left -- 47.As opener, if your right-hand opponent bids, you don't have to bid again -- 48.1-1-1 is 100% forcing -- 49.Describing big two-suited hands -- 50.Be prepared to re-bid no-trumps with a singleton in partner's suit -- PLAY -- 51.Listen to what your opponents have bid and count the hand -- 52.Listen to what your opponents have not bid and count the hand -- 53.Analyse the lead (1): Is another suit more dangerous? -- 54.Analyse the lead (2): Why have they not led their suit? -- 55.Analyse the lead (3): Counting the hands from the opening lead -- 56.Rule of 7 -- 57.Avoidance (1): If one opponent is a danger to you, keep him off lead at all costs --
  • Contents note continued: 58.Avoidance (2): Don't finesse into the danger hand -- 59.Avoidance (3): Strand the safe opponent on lead -- 60.As declarer, play deceptively -- 61.Make your plan before touching dummy -- 62.Retain entries in the hand with the long suit you plan to establish -- 63.Look out for the loser-on-loser play -- 64.Safeguard your contract-look for the safety play -- 65.Planning suit contracts (1): Count your losers -- 66.Planning suit contracts (2): If you have too many losers, hesitate before drawing trumps -- 67.Planning no-trump contracts-count your winners -- 68.Keep finesses as a last resort; try to plan an elimination endplay -- 69.Make the hand with the most trumps the master hand-automatic dummy reversal -- 70.In a 4-3 trump fit, take care to keep control -- 71.Put yourself in the mind of the defender to help you place the missing cards -- 72.Finesses (1): Never lead an honour without the card beneath it --
  • Contents note continued: 73.Finesses (2): What to do when you know where a card lies -- DEFENCE -- 74.On lead (1): Lead top of a sequence rather than fourth highest -- 75.On lead (2): Don't lead fourth highest without an honour -- 76.On lead (3): Against no-trump contracts, if you are very weak, don't lead your own long suit -- 77.Jettison high cards to show your partner his sequence is complete -- 78.Ruff high to promote your partner's trumps -- 79.Play the card you are known to hold -- 80.Unblock the flow of a suit by playing the high card from the shorter holding -- 81.Don't win a finesse immediately if the declarer must take it a second time -- 82.Show count if declarer is playing to a long suit in an entryless dummy -- 83.Make a suit-preference signal whenever the count is irrelevant -- 84.When discarding, throw away the suit you are least interested in your partner leading -- 85.Don't cover an honour with an honour if you can't promote a trick for your side --
  • Contents note continued: 86.Always lead a trump after opponents have shown simple preference -- 87.When a singleton is led from dummy, play small even if you hold the Ace -- 88.Think about the bidding and declarer's likely plan before choosing your lead -- 89.Drop your Queen under partner's Ace to guarantee that you can win the next trick -- 90.Make declarer trump in his own hand -- 91.What to lead when your partner has bid -- 92.The lead of an honour is top of a sequence: the lead of a high card shows disinterest: the lead of a little card expresses interest -- 93.Against suit contracts, never make an opening lead away from an Ace-unless the much greater strength is on your left -- 94.Never lead a doubleton-unless your partner has bid -- TACTICS, DUPLICATE TIPS AND MISCELLANEOUS ADVICE -- 95.Don't play with a trump suit if you can't do any trumping -- 96.Keep aiming for no-trumps: Stopper-Showing Bids for no-trump contracts --
  • Contents note continued: 97.Re-bid no-trumps with a long minor, if unbid suits are covered -- 98.At Rubber, Teams and Chicago, don't double the opposition for penalties if you think that they are only going one down -- 99.Double for penalities, not on points but on distribution -- 100.Don't eat crudites at the bridge table -- 101.Introducting the `Pudding Raise' -- 102.`Splinter Bids' pinpoint perfect distribution -- 103.With a long minor suit, always support NTs -- 104.Responder's re-bids show six-card suits -- 105.Avoid overcalls in the sandwich position -- 106.If you must guess, set a snare -- 107.Discuss part-score situations with partner-and solve the problem before it arises -- 108.Bid up at Rubber and Chicago-it's the only way to win -- 109.Keep your entry safe when establishing a suit in no-trumps -- 110.The leader's partner must be ready to perform his vital role -- 111.Second hand does not always play low -- 112.A double of a freely-bid Slam asks for an unusual lead --
  • Contents note continued: 113.To open, have 12 high-card points-or a six-card suit -- 114.Know your re-bid before opening the bidding -- 115.Slams at Duplicate: highest scoring at 6-level; safest at the 7-level -- 116.Use Quantitative Raises to bid no-trump Slams -- 117.Three mini-tips for successful Duplicate play -- 118.Your opponents do not know what you have in your hand; don't tell them -- 119.Remain alert, however poor your hand -- 120.Anticipate what contract your opponents might make-then, stop them! -- 121.Social bridge evenings-key information
Control code
000045492478
Dimensions
18 cm.
Edition
Fully rev. and updated.
Extent
193 p.
Isbn
9780091936051
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)551411548

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