The Villa at San Mateo

4000 S El Camino Real, San Mateo.
Every Tuesday and Friday
Game at 12:00 noon; Stratified Open Pairs

 

Several of you requested that I resume the pregame lessons. We will oblige and start as of the 4th of October, Tuesday game. Past lessons will continue to be published here. Contact Raad with further questions and comments. 

exp. 12/31/2022

Surely a player of your bridge skills is familiar with most or all of the following tips you are about to read. But is your partner?

Fact 44:

As declarer, when you can to take a trick with one of two equal honors, take the trick with the higher equal. It is far more deceptive.

Say you are playing notrump with the ♠ KQx. If a low card is led and RHO plays the jack, assuming you wish to take the trick, take it with the king. Do the same with the AQ-J. If a low card is led and the 10 comes up on your right, take it with the queen, not the jack! If you take tricks with lower equals, you might as well be playing with your cards face up on the table! Major exception: With A-K-x-(x) at notrump take the first trick with the king. If you win with the ace, it is too suspect. If your only stopper is the ace, why aren't you holding up.

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