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Themed Practice Hands - Standard American (play with expert commentary)

The hands below are random hands of the type you will encounter when playing live and at any bridge club. To assist beginner players these hands have been categorised into the broad categories and grouped under topics. They have various levels of complexity and difficulty.
Unlike the Lesson Practice Hands these games are not graduated and not all contracts which can be bid will make.

SAYC is a bidding system and it stands for Standard American (Yellow Card) which is the system most North American Players use. Also known as Five Card Majors by some players.  


* Members Only Lessons

Suit Games

Game - responder has no support for openers first bid   Game - responder has no support for openers first bid Game - responder has no support for openers first bid   Members Only Game - responder has no support for openers first bid   Members Only
In Spades or Hearts   In Spades or Hearts In Spades or Hearts   Members Only In Spades or Hearts   Members Only
Using the law of total tricks with 10 trump cards between you you should compete   Using the law of total tricks with 10 trump cards between you you should compete Using the law of total tricks with 10 trump cards between you you should compete   Members Only Using the law of total tricks with 10 trump cards between you you should compete   Members Only
Expert players have advanced bidding systems that enable them to bid the slam, making 13 tricks   Expert players have advanced bidding systems that enable them to bid the slam, making 13 tricks Expert players have advanced bidding systems that enable them to bid the slam, making 13 tricks   Members Only Expert players have advanced bidding systems that enable them to bid the slam, making 13 tricks   Members Only
Game - Spades; responder changes suit and makes 12 tricks   Game - Spades; responder changes suit and makes 12 tricks Game - Spades; responder changes suit and makes 12 tricks   Members Only Game - Spades; responder changes suit and makes 12 tricks   Members Only
A very lively auction. Is your spade queen enough to bid 3NT   A very lively auction. Is your spade queen enough to bid 3NT A very lively auction. Is your spade queen enough to bid 3NT   Members Only A very lively auction. Is your spade queen enough to bid 3NT   Members Only
Game - Trying for overtricks   Game - Trying for overtricks Game - Trying for overtricks   Members Only Game - Trying for overtricks   Members Only
Single raises all the way to game   Single raises all the way to game Single raises all the way to game   Members Only Single raises all the way to game   Members Only
Holding 2 five card majors, you were counting and knew this would happen weren't you   Holding 2 five card majors, you were counting and knew this would happen weren't you Holding 2 five card majors, you were counting and knew this would happen weren't you   Members Only Holding 2 five card majors, you were counting and knew this would happen weren't you   Members Only
How do you play a hand when the opposition hold more trump cards than you do   How do you play a hand when the opposition hold more trump cards than you do How do you play a hand when the opposition hold more trump cards than you do   Members Only How do you play a hand when the opposition hold more trump cards than you do   Members Only
Choose between a finesse or playing for the drop   Choose between a finesse or playing for the drop Choose between a finesse or playing for the drop   Members Only Choose between a finesse or playing for the drop   Members Only
Only a part game in NoTrumps but game in a suit   Only a part game in NoTrumps but game in a suit Only a part game in NoTrumps but game in a suit   Members Only Only a part game in NoTrumps but game in a suit   Members Only
Counting opponents discards in the diamond suit helps in making this contract   Counting opponents discards in the diamond suit helps in making this contract Counting opponents discards in the diamond suit helps in making this contract   Members Only Counting opponents discards in the diamond suit helps in making this contract   Members Only
Game in a major suit found after a club suit opening   Game in a major suit found after a club suit opening Game in a major suit found after a club suit opening   Members Only Game in a major suit found after a club suit opening   Members Only
Which major suit will you choose?   Which major suit will you choose? Which major suit will you choose?   Members Only Which major suit will you choose?   Members Only
Game in hearts however you can make slam, even without the spade ace   Game in hearts however you can make slam, even without the spade ace Game in hearts however you can make slam, even without the spade ace   Members Only Game in hearts however you can make slam, even without the spade ace   Members Only
Refusing to bid NoTrumps and ending up in game in a minor suit   Refusing to bid NoTrumps and ending up in game in a minor suit Refusing to bid NoTrumps and ending up in game in a minor suit   Members Only Refusing to bid NoTrumps and ending up in game in a minor suit   Members Only
Counting cards as they are played is the key to optimising tricks   Counting cards as they are played is the key to optimising tricks Counting cards as they are played is the key to optimising tricks   Members Only Counting cards as they are played is the key to optimising tricks   Members Only
Holding three suits of 4 cards each what's your first bid?   Holding three suits of 4 cards each what's your first bid? Holding three suits of 4 cards each what's your first bid?   Members Only Holding three suits of 4 cards each what's your first bid?   Members Only
Game in a major suit making an overtrick   Game in a major suit making an overtrick Game in a major suit making an overtrick   Members Only Game in a major suit making an overtrick   Members Only
Tricky to make despite your points, can you make your contract   Tricky to make despite your points, can you make your contract Tricky to make despite your points, can you make your contract   Members Only Tricky to make despite your points, can you make your contract   Members Only
With 6 cards in trumps in 1 hand you don't lose control of the trump suit   With 6 cards in trumps in 1 hand you don't lose control of the trump suit With 6 cards in trumps in 1 hand you don't lose control of the trump suit   Members Only With 6 cards in trumps in 1 hand you don't lose control of the trump suit   Members Only
Finesses give you overtricks if you make them the right way   Finesses give you overtricks if you make them the right way Finesses give you overtricks if you make them the right way   Members Only Finesses give you overtricks if you make them the right way   Members Only
You need to develop 2 more winning tricks to make your contract with only 1 entry   You need to develop 2 more winning tricks to make your contract with only 1 entry You need to develop 2 more winning tricks to make your contract with only 1 entry   Members Only You need to develop 2 more winning tricks to make your contract with only 1 entry   Members Only
Bidding a 2 suited hand   Bidding a 2 suited hand Bidding a 2 suited hand   Members Only Bidding a 2 suited hand   Members Only
Find the perfect contract with two 6 card majors and 25 points   Find the perfect contract with two 6 card majors and 25 points Find the perfect contract with two 6 card majors and 25 points   Members Only Find the perfect contract with two 6 card majors and 25 points   Members Only
The value of long side suits-If you don't draw trumps, you can make 13 tricks   The value of long side suits-If you don't draw trumps, you can make 13 tricks The value of long side suits-If you don't draw trumps, you can make 13 tricks   Members Only The value of long side suits-If you don't draw trumps, you can make 13 tricks   Members Only



Part-Games in a Suit

Part game but the opposition compete - who wins the contract   Part game but the opposition compete - who wins the contract Part game but the opposition compete - who wins the contract   Members Only Part game but the opposition compete - who wins the contract   Members Only
In the post mortem, partner will probably say 'with a 6 card spade suit you can bid at the 1 level!   In the post mortem, partner will probably say 'with a 6 card spade suit you can bid at the 1 level! In the post mortem, partner will probably say 'with a 6 card spade suit you can bid at the 1 level!   Members Only In the post mortem, partner will probably say 'with a 6 card spade suit you can bid at the 1 level!   Members Only
To make your contract with ducking, finessing and leading low   To make your contract with ducking, finessing and leading low To make your contract with ducking, finessing and leading low   Members Only To make your contract with ducking, finessing and leading low   Members Only
Not enough TP for game but you make your contract if you finesse and ruff   Not enough TP for game but you make your contract if you finesse and ruff Not enough TP for game but you make your contract if you finesse and ruff   Members Only Not enough TP for game but you make your contract if you finesse and ruff   Members Only
Practice cross ruffing using small trumps in dummy as entries   Practice cross ruffing using small trumps in dummy as entries Practice cross ruffing using small trumps in dummy as entries   Members Only Practice cross ruffing using small trumps in dummy as entries   Members Only
Do you have the self discipline to stop bidding when there is no fit?   Do you have the self discipline to stop bidding when there is no fit? Do you have the self discipline to stop bidding when there is no fit?   Members Only Do you have the self discipline to stop bidding when there is no fit?   Members Only
Competing over oppositions takeout double and the opposition steal a ruff   Competing over oppositions takeout double and the opposition steal a ruff Competing over oppositions takeout double and the opposition steal a ruff   Members Only Competing over oppositions takeout double and the opposition steal a ruff   Members Only
Know when to stop bidding to avoid trouble, part game contract   Know when to stop bidding to avoid trouble, part game contract Know when to stop bidding to avoid trouble, part game contract   Members Only Know when to stop bidding to avoid trouble, part game contract   Members Only
Remember to stop playing trumps after they've all been drawn out you will have 2 trumps in dummy and 1 in your hand   Remember to stop playing trumps after they've all been drawn out you will have 2 trumps in dummy and 1 in your hand Remember to stop playing trumps after they've all been drawn out you will have 2 trumps in dummy and 1 in your hand   Members Only Remember to stop playing trumps after they've all been drawn out you will have 2 trumps in dummy and 1 in your hand   Members Only
With minimum points should you bid game?   With minimum points should you bid game? With minimum points should you bid game?   Members Only With minimum points should you bid game?   Members Only
Practice the finesse and dropping opposition queens   Practice the finesse and dropping opposition queens Practice the finesse and dropping opposition queens   Members Only Practice the finesse and dropping opposition queens   Members Only
Learn to say 'Pass' self discipline and stopping bidding even though you find a fit   Learn to say 'Pass' self discipline and stopping bidding even though you find a fit Learn to say 'Pass' self discipline and stopping bidding even though you find a fit   Members Only Learn to say 'Pass' self discipline and stopping bidding even though you find a fit   Members Only
Conserve entries into dummy for the best results   Conserve entries into dummy for the best results Conserve entries into dummy for the best results   Members Only Conserve entries into dummy for the best results   Members Only
How strongly should you keep on bidding against the opposition   How strongly should you keep on bidding against the opposition How strongly should you keep on bidding against the opposition   Members Only How strongly should you keep on bidding against the opposition   Members Only
Partner prefers your spades and developing an entry is crucial   Partner prefers your spades and developing an entry is crucial Partner prefers your spades and developing an entry is crucial   Members Only Partner prefers your spades and developing an entry is crucial   Members Only
Squeeze the diamonds for best results   Squeeze the diamonds for best results Squeeze the diamonds for best results   Members Only Squeeze the diamonds for best results   Members Only
You can make overtricks with good declarer play   You can make overtricks with good declarer play You can make overtricks with good declarer play   Members Only You can make overtricks with good declarer play   Members Only
Overcall both of your suits to find the best contract   Overcall both of your suits to find the best contract Overcall both of your suits to find the best contract   Members Only Overcall both of your suits to find the best contract   Members Only
A Total misfit - Can you make 10 tricks with a 6 losing trick count?   A Total misfit - Can you make 10 tricks with a 6 losing trick count? A Total misfit - Can you make 10 tricks with a 6 losing trick count?   Members Only A Total misfit - Can you make 10 tricks with a 6 losing trick count?   Members Only
No matter what you do you can't escape being in a contract   No matter what you do you can't escape being in a contract No matter what you do you can't escape being in a contract   Members Only No matter what you do you can't escape being in a contract   Members Only
Don't be lazy and leave your partner in the NoTrump contract, you will be punished   Don't be lazy and leave your partner in the NoTrump contract, you will be punished Don't be lazy and leave your partner in the NoTrump contract, you will be punished   Members Only Don't be lazy and leave your partner in the NoTrump contract, you will be punished   Members Only
Don't draw all your trumps at once   Don't draw all your trumps at once Don't draw all your trumps at once   Members Only Don't draw all your trumps at once   Members Only


Games in NoTrump

Game in NoTrumps   Game in NoTrumps Game in NoTrumps   Members Only Game in NoTrumps   Members Only
Is your holding in the oppositions suit strong enough for a 3NT contract?   Is your holding in the oppositions suit strong enough for a 3NT contract? Is your holding in the oppositions suit strong enough for a 3NT contract?   Members Only Is your holding in the oppositions suit strong enough for a 3NT contract?   Members Only
Sometimes in Bridge you can make contracts with far less points than the rules state   Sometimes in Bridge you can make contracts with far less points than the rules state Sometimes in Bridge you can make contracts with far less points than the rules state   Members Only Sometimes in Bridge you can make contracts with far less points than the rules state   Members Only
Game in No Trumps gives the best score   Game in No Trumps gives the best score Game in No Trumps gives the best score   Members Only Game in No Trumps gives the best score   Members Only
Practice The Stayman convention and The Gerber convention in 1 game   Practice The Stayman convention and The Gerber convention in 1 game Practice The Stayman convention and The Gerber convention in 1 game   Members Only Practice The Stayman convention and The Gerber convention in 1 game   Members Only
You do not have the minimum distribution requirement of a doubleton in every suit   You do not have the minimum distribution requirement of a doubleton in every suit You do not have the minimum distribution requirement of a doubleton in every suit   Members Only You do not have the minimum distribution requirement of a doubleton in every suit   Members Only
Partner overbids and you need to carefully manage your entries to make   Partner overbids and you need to carefully manage your entries to make Partner overbids and you need to carefully manage your entries to make   Members Only Partner overbids and you need to carefully manage your entries to make   Members Only
Makes 6D and 5C and 3NT   Makes 6D and 5C and 3NT Makes 6D and 5C and 3NT   Members Only Makes 6D and 5C and 3NT   Members Only
A nice little 3NT contract but you need to decide your line of play   A nice little 3NT contract but you need to decide your line of play A nice little 3NT contract but you need to decide your line of play   Members Only A nice little 3NT contract but you need to decide your line of play   Members Only
Making over tricks with good declarer play   Making over tricks with good declarer play Making over tricks with good declarer play   Members Only Making over tricks with good declarer play   Members Only
The opposition don't lead hearts - a gift for you   The opposition don't lead hearts - a gift for you The opposition don't lead hearts - a gift for you   Members Only The opposition don't lead hearts - a gift for you   Members Only
Lots of points and a 7 card Major suit, but who dares to bid NoTrumps   Lots of points and a 7 card Major suit, but who dares to bid NoTrumps Lots of points and a 7 card Major suit, but who dares to bid NoTrumps   Members Only Lots of points and a 7 card Major suit, but who dares to bid NoTrumps   Members Only
3NT - is there a way to play this hand to make your contract?   3NT - is there a way to play this hand to make your contract? 3NT - is there a way to play this hand to make your contract?   Members Only 3NT - is there a way to play this hand to make your contract?   Members Only
Squeezing Hearts you notice the opponent's discard JH promoting your 10H   Squeezing Hearts you notice the opponent's discard JH promoting your 10H Squeezing Hearts you notice the opponent's discard JH promoting your 10H   Members Only Squeezing Hearts you notice the opponent's discard JH promoting your 10H   Members Only


 Part-Games in NoTrump

Unblocking your suit helps you make your contract   Unblocking your suit helps you make your contract Unblocking your suit helps you make your contract   Members Only Unblocking your suit helps you make your contract   Members Only
Making multiple finesses and playing the honor from the short hand first to make your tricks   Making multiple finesses and playing the honor from the short hand first to make your tricks Making multiple finesses and playing the honor from the short hand first to make your tricks   Members Only Making multiple finesses and playing the honor from the short hand first to make your tricks   Members Only
You can make game in No Trumps holding only 23 HCP   You can make game in No Trumps holding only 23 HCP You can make game in No Trumps holding only 23 HCP   Members Only You can make game in No Trumps holding only 23 HCP   Members Only
Only a part game in NoTrumps but game in a suit   Only a part game in NoTrumps but game in a suit Only a part game in NoTrumps but game in a suit   Members Only Only a part game in NoTrumps but game in a suit   Members Only
Counting cards as they are played is the key to optimising tricks   Counting cards as they are played is the key to optimising tricks Counting cards as they are played is the key to optimising tricks   Members Only Counting cards as they are played is the key to optimising tricks   Members Only
Partner invites you to 3NT do you accept - practice a holding up safety play?   Partner invites you to 3NT do you accept - practice a holding up safety play? Partner invites you to 3NT do you accept - practice a holding up safety play?   Members Only Partner invites you to 3NT do you accept - practice a holding up safety play?   Members Only
Multiple finesses in order to make this 1 level contract   Multiple finesses in order to make this 1 level contract Multiple finesses in order to make this 1 level contract   Members Only Multiple finesses in order to make this 1 level contract   Members Only



Overcalling Practise 

Overcalling and Getting to Game   Overcalling and Getting to Game Overcalling and Getting to Game   Members Only Overcalling and Getting to Game   Members Only
Sacrifice bidding- the importance of favorable vulnerability   Sacrifice bidding- the importance of favorable vulnerability Sacrifice bidding- the importance of favorable vulnerability   Members Only Sacrifice bidding- the importance of favorable vulnerability   Members Only
Finessing twice to make your contract   Finessing twice to make your contract Finessing twice to make your contract   Members Only Finessing twice to make your contract   Members Only
Respond to partners overcall with medium strength hand and three card support   Respond to partners overcall with medium strength hand and three card support Respond to partners overcall with medium strength hand and three card support   Members Only Respond to partners overcall with medium strength hand and three card support   Members Only
Entering the auction with an Overcall   Entering the auction with an Overcall Entering the auction with an Overcall   Members Only Entering the auction with an Overcall   Members Only
Overcalling, invitational rebids and bidding to game   Overcalling, invitational rebids and bidding to game Overcalling, invitational rebids and bidding to game   Members Only Overcalling, invitational rebids and bidding to game   Members Only
Overcall or takeout double, which is best?   Overcall or takeout double, which is best? Overcall or takeout double, which is best?   Members Only Overcall or takeout double, which is best?   Members Only
Making a pre-emptive response with a 3 level jump   Making a pre-emptive response with a 3 level jump Making a pre-emptive response with a 3 level jump   Members Only Making a pre-emptive response with a 3 level jump   Members Only
Should you respond to partner's overcall and how high can he go?   Should you respond to partner's overcall and how high can he go? Should you respond to partner's overcall and how high can he go?   Members Only Should you respond to partner's overcall and how high can he go?   Members Only
Takeout double over a preempt by the opposition   Takeout double over a preempt by the opposition Takeout double over a preempt by the opposition   Members Only Takeout double over a preempt by the opposition   Members Only
Competitive bidding by overcalling your major suit   Competitive bidding by overcalling your major suit Competitive bidding by overcalling your major suit   Members Only Competitive bidding by overcalling your major suit   Members Only
Overcalling at the 1 level gives you better points   Overcalling at the 1 level gives you better points Overcalling at the 1 level gives you better points   Members Only Overcalling at the 1 level gives you better points   Members Only
When a penalty double backfires on the opposition   When a penalty double backfires on the opposition When a penalty double backfires on the opposition   Members Only When a penalty double backfires on the opposition   Members Only
How high can you bid before you lose   How high can you bid before you lose How high can you bid before you lose   Members Only How high can you bid before you lose   Members Only
A nice little tricky hand to play after you overcall   A nice little tricky hand to play after you overcall A nice little tricky hand to play after you overcall   Members Only A nice little tricky hand to play after you overcall   Members Only



Games Using Takeout Doubles

Think about how to make overtricks   Think about how to make overtricks Think about how to make overtricks   Members Only Think about how to make overtricks   Members Only
Takeout double - delay drawing trumps to make 12 tricks   Takeout double - delay drawing trumps to make 12 tricks Takeout double - delay drawing trumps to make 12 tricks   Members Only Takeout double - delay drawing trumps to make 12 tricks   Members Only
Responding to partner's takeout double showing strength   Responding to partner's takeout double showing strength Responding to partner's takeout double showing strength   Members Only Responding to partner's takeout double showing strength   Members Only
Takeout double, sometimes you need to decide which is your least dishonest bid   Takeout double, sometimes you need to decide which is your least dishonest bid Takeout double, sometimes you need to decide which is your least dishonest bid   Members Only Takeout double, sometimes you need to decide which is your least dishonest bid   Members Only
Make a takeout double to find a part game in diamonds   Make a takeout double to find a part game in diamonds Make a takeout double to find a part game in diamonds   Members Only Make a takeout double to find a part game in diamonds   Members Only
f you overcall at your first bid partner does not know about your 16 HCP and you do not get to game   f you overcall at your first bid partner does not know about your 16 HCP and you do not get to game f you overcall at your first bid partner does not know about your 16 HCP and you do not get to game   Members Only f you overcall at your first bid partner does not know about your 16 HCP and you do not get to game   Members Only
Takeout doubles, supporting partner's response   Takeout doubles, supporting partner's response Takeout doubles, supporting partner's response   Members Only Takeout doubles, supporting partner's response   Members Only



Slams

6NT, 6C or 5D with the opposition overcalling and being irritating   6NT, 6C or 5D with the opposition overcalling and being irritating 6NT, 6C or 5D with the opposition overcalling and being irritating   Members Only 6NT, 6C or 5D with the opposition overcalling and being irritating   Members Only
After a strong 2 opening bid responding to a Stayman   After a strong 2 opening bid responding to a Stayman After a strong 2 opening bid responding to a Stayman   Members Only After a strong 2 opening bid responding to a Stayman   Members Only
With only 19 points -several plays needed to make a slam contract with inadequate points   With only 19 points -several plays needed to make a slam contract with inadequate points With only 19 points -several plays needed to make a slam contract with inadequate points   Members Only With only 19 points -several plays needed to make a slam contract with inadequate points   Members Only
Which Ace asking convention should you use with this hand - Gerber or Blackwood?   Which Ace asking convention should you use with this hand - Gerber or Blackwood? Which Ace asking convention should you use with this hand - Gerber or Blackwood?   Members Only Which Ace asking convention should you use with this hand - Gerber or Blackwood?   Members Only
Use the Blackwood convention to bid a minimum points slam is it on or off?   Use the Blackwood convention to bid a minimum points slam is it on or off? Use the Blackwood convention to bid a minimum points slam is it on or off?   Members Only Use the Blackwood convention to bid a minimum points slam is it on or off?   Members Only
A minimal points small slam using Blackwood   A minimal points small slam using Blackwood A minimal points small slam using Blackwood   Members Only A minimal points small slam using Blackwood   Members Only
Using point count and ace asking to find slam   Using point count and ace asking to find slam Using point count and ace asking to find slam   Members Only Using point count and ace asking to find slam   Members Only
Practice bidding conventions to reach a slam contract   Practice bidding conventions to reach a slam contract Practice bidding conventions to reach a slam contract   Members Only Practice bidding conventions to reach a slam contract   Members Only
Bid and play a grand slam   Bid and play a grand slam Bid and play a grand slam   Members Only Bid and play a grand slam   Members Only
With 27 HCP this hand can makes slam - but should you dare to bid it?   With 27 HCP this hand can makes slam - but should you dare to bid it? With 27 HCP this hand can makes slam - but should you dare to bid it?   Members Only With 27 HCP this hand can makes slam - but should you dare to bid it?   Members Only
Use the Blackwood convention to explore slam. Small Slam or Grand Slam   Use the Blackwood convention to explore slam. Small Slam or Grand Slam Use the Blackwood convention to explore slam. Small Slam or Grand Slam   Members Only Use the Blackwood convention to explore slam. Small Slam or Grand Slam   Members Only
Punish opponents with a redouble 'XX'   Punish opponents with a redouble 'XX' Punish opponents with a redouble 'XX'   Members Only Punish opponents with a redouble 'XX'   Members Only
6C,6H and 6NT all make   6C,6H and 6NT all make 6C,6H and 6NT all make   Members Only 6C,6H and 6NT all make   Members Only



Defensive Play

Defensive play making a penalty double   Defensive play making a penalty double Defensive play making a penalty double   Members Only Defensive play making a penalty double   Members Only
Two light doubled and vulnerable is worth more than game in hearts   Two light doubled and vulnerable is worth more than game in hearts Two light doubled and vulnerable is worth more than game in hearts   Members Only Two light doubled and vulnerable is worth more than game in hearts   Members Only
The secret to a good opening lead!   The secret to a good opening lead! The secret to a good opening lead!   Members Only The secret to a good opening lead!   Members Only
Don't underestimate the importance of a good opening lead.   Don't underestimate the importance of a good opening lead. Don't underestimate the importance of a good opening lead.   Members Only Don't underestimate the importance of a good opening lead.   Members Only
On defense keep opponents to their contract   On defense keep opponents to their contract On defense keep opponents to their contract   Members Only On defense keep opponents to their contract   Members Only
Take the opposition light with good defensive play   Take the opposition light with good defensive play Take the opposition light with good defensive play   Members Only Take the opposition light with good defensive play   Members Only
Overcall or takeout double - sometimes silence is golden   Overcall or takeout double - sometimes silence is golden Overcall or takeout double - sometimes silence is golden   Members Only Overcall or takeout double - sometimes silence is golden   Members Only
Weak 2 opening and the opposition overcall 2NT   Weak 2 opening and the opposition overcall 2NT Weak 2 opening and the opposition overcall 2NT   Members Only Weak 2 opening and the opposition overcall 2NT   Members Only
Sometimes you get higher scores by taking the opponents light - convert your negative double into a penalty double   Sometimes you get higher scores by taking the opponents light - convert your negative double into a penalty double Sometimes you get higher scores by taking the opponents light - convert your negative double into a penalty double   Members Only Sometimes you get higher scores by taking the opponents light - convert your negative double into a penalty double   Members Only
A takeout double is converted into a penalty double by your actions   A takeout double is converted into a penalty double by your actions A takeout double is converted into a penalty double by your actions   Members Only A takeout double is converted into a penalty double by your actions   Members Only
It's crucial to make the correct opening lead against a 4S contract   It's crucial to make the correct opening lead against a 4S contract It's crucial to make the correct opening lead against a 4S contract   Members Only It's crucial to make the correct opening lead against a 4S contract   Members Only
If you make a penalty double the opponents can bid there way out of trouble   If you make a penalty double the opponents can bid there way out of trouble If you make a penalty double the opponents can bid there way out of trouble   Members Only If you make a penalty double the opponents can bid there way out of trouble   Members Only
Don't bid after a takeout double is cancelled by opponents   Don't bid after a takeout double is cancelled by opponents Don't bid after a takeout double is cancelled by opponents   Members Only Don't bid after a takeout double is cancelled by opponents   Members Only
Take the opposition light by following opening lead rules...   Take the opposition light by following opening lead rules... Take the opposition light by following opening lead rules...   Members Only Take the opposition light by following opening lead rules...   Members Only
On defense you are always trying to create opportunities for the opposition to make a mistake   On defense you are always trying to create opportunities for the opposition to make a mistake On defense you are always trying to create opportunities for the opposition to make a mistake   Members Only On defense you are always trying to create opportunities for the opposition to make a mistake   Members Only
After a bid-fest lead a spade and take them light with good defensive plays   After a bid-fest lead a spade and take them light with good defensive plays After a bid-fest lead a spade and take them light with good defensive plays   Members Only After a bid-fest lead a spade and take them light with good defensive plays   Members Only
Unblocking the club suit gives you victory.   Unblocking the club suit gives you victory. Unblocking the club suit gives you victory.   Members Only Unblocking the club suit gives you victory.   Members Only
Unblocking when following suit takes the opposition light   Unblocking when following suit takes the opposition light Unblocking when following suit takes the opposition light   Members Only Unblocking when following suit takes the opposition light   Members Only



Strong Openings

To make your contract be careful to guard the entry to your long diamonds   To make your contract be careful to guard the entry to your long diamonds To make your contract be careful to guard the entry to your long diamonds   Members Only To make your contract be careful to guard the entry to your long diamonds   Members Only
Bid your longest suit and see if partner is interested in game with minimal support   Bid your longest suit and see if partner is interested in game with minimal support Bid your longest suit and see if partner is interested in game with minimal support   Members Only Bid your longest suit and see if partner is interested in game with minimal support   Members Only
Responding to a negative doubles after a strong 2C   Responding to a negative doubles after a strong 2C Responding to a negative doubles after a strong 2C   Members Only Responding to a negative doubles after a strong 2C   Members Only
Practice making a negative response to 2C opening   Practice making a negative response to 2C opening Practice making a negative response to 2C opening   Members Only Practice making a negative response to 2C opening   Members Only
Responding to a Stayman bid   Responding to a Stayman bid Responding to a Stayman bid   Members Only Responding to a Stayman bid   Members Only
Don't respond to a strong 2NT opener for best results   Don't respond to a strong 2NT opener for best results Don't respond to a strong 2NT opener for best results   Members Only Don't respond to a strong 2NT opener for best results   Members Only
Practice making a Stayman Bid after a 2NT opening   Practice making a Stayman Bid after a 2NT opening Practice making a Stayman Bid after a 2NT opening   Members Only Practice making a Stayman Bid after a 2NT opening   Members Only
Respond positively to a 2NT opening bid and practice making 3 finesses   Respond positively to a 2NT opening bid and practice making 3 finesses Respond positively to a 2NT opening bid and practice making 3 finesses   Members Only Respond positively to a 2NT opening bid and practice making 3 finesses   Members Only



Preemptive Games

Responder has an opening hand and support but you need to squeeze to make this contract   Responder has an opening hand and support but you need to squeeze to make this contract Responder has an opening hand and support but you need to squeeze to make this contract   Members Only Responder has an opening hand and support but you need to squeeze to make this contract   Members Only
Rebidding your pre-emptive long suit   Rebidding your pre-emptive long suit Rebidding your pre-emptive long suit   Members Only Rebidding your pre-emptive long suit   Members Only
Responding to partners weak 3 bid - when can I?   Responding to partners weak 3 bid - when can I? Responding to partners weak 3 bid - when can I?   Members Only Responding to partners weak 3 bid - when can I?   Members Only
Should I open a weak two or a 1 level bid   Should I open a weak two or a 1 level bid Should I open a weak two or a 1 level bid   Members Only Should I open a weak two or a 1 level bid   Members Only
Find the correct opening bid for this hand   Find the correct opening bid for this hand Find the correct opening bid for this hand   Members Only Find the correct opening bid for this hand   Members Only
Pre-empt and stop the opposition finding their fit   Pre-empt and stop the opposition finding their fit Pre-empt and stop the opposition finding their fit   Members Only Pre-empt and stop the opposition finding their fit   Members Only
The opposition can make 4H if you don't pre-empt. But will they bid it?   The opposition can make 4H if you don't pre-empt. But will they bid it? The opposition can make 4H if you don't pre-empt. But will they bid it?   Members Only The opposition can make 4H if you don't pre-empt. But will they bid it?   Members Only



Bridge Conventions

Weak 2 opening and the opposition overcall 2NT   Weak 2 opening and the opposition overcall 2NT Weak 2 opening and the opposition overcall 2NT   Members Only Weak 2 opening and the opposition overcall 2NT   Members Only



Different Bidding Systems give different Contracts

If your system is set as Standard American you will sometimes find yourself in a different contract to players who use Acol. These hands are in this section because they are examples of this. Checkout what an Acol Player ends up in by visiting the hands of the day list for Acol players here

On Defense - Lead 4th highest from longest and strongest   On Defense - Lead 4th highest from longest and strongest On Defense - Lead 4th highest from longest and strongest   Members Only On Defense - Lead 4th highest from longest and strongest   Members Only
Part game in No Trumps - playing to make 9 or 10 tricks   Part game in No Trumps - playing to make 9 or 10 tricks Part game in No Trumps - playing to make 9 or 10 tricks   Members Only Part game in No Trumps - playing to make 9 or 10 tricks   Members Only
Should I open a weak two or a 1 level bid   Should I open a weak two or a 1 level bid Should I open a weak two or a 1 level bid   Members Only Should I open a weak two or a 1 level bid   Members Only
Overcalling - you can make 11 tricks (game) in Acol and Standard American but do you bid it?   Overcalling - you can make 11 tricks (game) in Acol and Standard American but do you bid it? Overcalling - you can make 11 tricks (game) in Acol and Standard American but do you bid it?   Members Only Overcalling - you can make 11 tricks (game) in Acol and Standard American but do you bid it?   Members Only
Sacrifice bidding with a balancing takeout double or an overcall.   Sacrifice bidding with a balancing takeout double or an overcall. Sacrifice bidding with a balancing takeout double or an overcall.   Members Only Sacrifice bidding with a balancing takeout double or an overcall.   Members Only
1NT or 2H what does your system prescribe   1NT or 2H what does your system prescribe 1NT or 2H what does your system prescribe   Members Only 1NT or 2H what does your system prescribe   Members Only
Slam in Acol, but 4H in Standard American   Slam in Acol, but 4H in Standard American Slam in Acol, but 4H in Standard American   Members Only Slam in Acol, but 4H in Standard American   Members Only
A tricky hand - how can you get to game   A tricky hand - how can you get to game A tricky hand - how can you get to game   Members Only A tricky hand - how can you get to game   Members Only
Opponents in 1NT, or you in 2D - what is the best contract for scoring points   Opponents in 1NT, or you in 2D - what is the best contract for scoring points Opponents in 1NT, or you in 2D - what is the best contract for scoring points   Members Only Opponents in 1NT, or you in 2D - what is the best contract for scoring points   Members Only
2NT or 2S the battle of the bidding systems   2NT or 2S the battle of the bidding systems 2NT or 2S the battle of the bidding systems   Members Only 2NT or 2S the battle of the bidding systems   Members Only
You are on defense but lose less when they make it, than being in a contract and going light   You are on defense but lose less when they make it, than being in a contract and going light You are on defense but lose less when they make it, than being in a contract and going light   Members Only You are on defense but lose less when they make it, than being in a contract and going light   Members Only
5D makes easily, for 600 points but 4S gets you 620 points.   5D makes easily, for 600 points but 4S gets you 620 points. 5D makes easily, for 600 points but 4S gets you 620 points.   Members Only 5D makes easily, for 600 points but 4S gets you 620 points.   Members Only


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