IMPRESSIVE DECLARER PLAY
Only summaries are included below - see book for details
© 2001 - Marty Bergen
Look Ma, No Trumps
notrump contracts frighten you — relax
Waste Not, Want Not
Declarer should lead an honor for a finesse only when he is
eager to have it covered.
Good Guys, Bad Guys
Declarer should be careful to prevent the “bad guy” from
obtaining the lead.
An Expert Approach
declaring a suit contract, counting losers is just the tip of
How Do I Ruff Thee?
Don’t send a boy to do a man’s job.
The Pathetic Eight– Card Fit
fact that your trump suit is weak should not prevent you from
The Magnificent 11 – Card Fit
with a long, strong trump suit — don’t always rush
to draw trumps.
When you have a dubious holding in a suit, you
should try to force the opponents to lead that suit. That
insures that your side will play last.
A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
the opening leader is about to win the first trick, declarer
should “signal” with a high card if he wants the suit continued.
playing a slam, count winners rather than losers.
Monkey See, Monkey No Do
Finesses lose half the time. Don’t take every one that you see.
This Duck is No Fowl
your losers early.
When declarer has an
inevitable loser in a suit, he should invariably lose it sooner
rather than later. This variation of the holdup play is referred
to as a “duck,” and its purpose is to preserve entries.
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