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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.  


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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 take 3NT light by returning partners lead suit at the first opportunity On defense take 3NT light by returning partners lead suit at the first opportunity On defense take 3NT light by returning partners lead suit at the first opportunity Members Only On defense take 3NT light by returning partners lead suit at the first opportunity 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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