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2002, 2024

Takeout Doubles ♦

Tuesday, 20 February, 2024|

In this lesson we learn about using doubles as a 'two-way' bid. In particular we focus on the 'takeout' variant of the double and how it can be an incredibly powerful tool in the bidding to get your partner to make a noise!

1302, 2024

Penalty Doubles ♦

Tuesday, 13 February, 2024|

This video lesson is on tricky subject of doubles, in particular the 'penalty' variant of the double. We learn about the origin of the double and why it was invented to punish the opponents for bidding too much, and scoring more points as a defender.

3001, 2024

Weak Jump Overcalls ♦

Tuesday, 30 January, 2024|

This video lesson sees us tackle the topic of 'Weak Jump Overcalls' (often abbreviated to WJOs). This is the partnership agreement that if you make a jump bid as an overcaller you will have a weak hand (5-10 ish points) with a long (6+) card suit, similar to a

2312, 2023

Hand of the Week #238 (Solution) ♠

Saturday, 23 December, 2023|

N E S W 1♠ X 3♠ P 4♠ P P P As mentioned earlier, it appears as if we have 2 certain losers (diamonds) and 2 likely losers (hearts). Analysing this without any outside information from the bidding would suggest that we need something friendly to

2312, 2023

Hand of the Week #238 ♠

Saturday, 23 December, 2023|

N E S W 1♠ X 3♠ P 4♠ P P P East starts off the auction with a 1♠ opening bid, South intervenes with a takeout double and West jump supports their partner's opening bid with a response of 3♠ (either 10-12 balanced or 8 losing

2112, 2023

Double Finesses ♦

Thursday, 21 December, 2023|

In this lesson we tackle various suit combinations where you are missing 'touching' honour cards. The best way to play to avoid losers in these suits is to finesse and then finesse again - ie a double finesse!

1612, 2023

Hand of the Week #237 (Solution) ♦

Saturday, 16 December, 2023|

N E S W 3♣ X 4♣ P P P As previously mentioned, upon seeing the dummy it looks likely that East-West would have made at least a partscore on this hand, so if we can limit our losers to just 4 (ie 1 off as a

1612, 2023

Hand of the Week #237 ♦

Saturday, 16 December, 2023|

N E S W 3♣ X 4♣ P P P North starts the auction with a pre-emptive opening bid of 3♣, East competes with a takeout double and South raises their partner's opening bid to 4♣ based on the level of the fit. This bid from South

912, 2023

Hand of the Week #236 (Solution) ♥

Saturday, 9 December, 2023|

N E S W 2NT P 3NT P P P Initial analysis of the club lead would suggest to duck clubs once based on 'the rule of 7'. However, the rule of 7 only applies when you don't stand to potentially gain a trick by not ducking

912, 2023

Hand of the Week #236 ♥

Saturday, 9 December, 2023|

N E S W 2NT P 3NT P P P West opens 2NT to represent their 20-22 points and a balanced hand, and East, although they have a long suit, opts to simply put their partner in game in NTs. There is little point for East to

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