Here is one area of bidding that the average bridge player totally ignores. What a waste!
Here is your new toy in a nutshell:
When an opponent makes an artificial bid, double that bid to show you have length and strength in that suit.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Monday, September 9, 2013
2. When third hand has touching honors, he plays his cheapest honor.
Yes, third hand plays high, but not always the highest card. With a suit headed by the A K, follow with the King; With K Q, follow with the Queen, with Q J, follow with the Jack, with J 10, the 10.
So when third hand plays an honor, he says, “I do not have the honor immediately below.”
♥ 7 5
♥ J 8 6 4 2 ❏ ♥ 10 played
The bid is 3 NT. You led the ♥4. Dummy plays the ♥5, partner the ♥10 and declarer wins the ♥A.
What do you know? Everything!
Partner has no honor - he would have played high. He can’t even have the ♥ 9 - with ♥ 10 9 he would have followed with the ♥ 9. Declarer has ♥ A K Q 9. Stay away from this suit!
Monday, September 2, 2013
When are you “Third Hand”?
The third hand refers to the defense - specifically to the partner of the leader. Unlike the second hand, third hand is the last stop for your side - your partner has already played. The third hand has some special guidelines to follow:
1. If there is no honor in the dummy, third hand plays a high card. Not medium high... High.
♥ 6 5 2
♥7 lead ❏ ♥ A J 4
Partner led the ♥7. Dummy plays the ♥2. You must play your ♥A; the ♥J won’t do. Declarer could have the ♥Q and partner the ♥K - playing the ♥J would give declarer a free trick.