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Declarer Play The Bergen Way

 
 
   
 

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Contents

From the Author ................................................................ 8

Relevant Bidding and Defense in This Book ................... 10

Chapter 1 :Getting Off on the Right Foot ...................... 11

Chapter 2 :Count Your Way to the Top .......................... 19

Chapter 3 :Finesses: Not Always Obvious ...................... 31

Chapter 4 :To Finesse or Not to Finesse? ...................... 43

Chapter 5 :YOU Can Execute an Endplay ....................... 53

Chapter 6 :Tricks of the Trade ........................................ 63

Chapter 7 :Life in Notrump ............................................... 73

Chapter 8 :Entry Problems in Notrump ........................... 83

Chapter 9 :Drawing Trumps: All, Some, or None ........... 93

Chapter 10 :Timing Is Everything ................................... 103

Chapter 11 : Counting Winners in Suit Contracts ......... 113

Chapter 12 :Pesky Partscores ........................................... 123

Chapter 13 :Setting Up Your Long Suit ......................... 133

Chapter 14 :Making the Most of Your Entries ............. 145

Chapter 15 :Donít Rely on Good Splits ........................... 159

Chapter 16 :Squeezing is Pleasing .................................... 169

More Good Stuff

Bergenisms ............................................................................. 181

Declarerís Glossary Plus ..................................................... 197

Highly Recommended ............................................................ 211

© 2004 - Marty Bergen

 

Page 8
From the Author

Welcome to my first (but not last) book on declarer play. Iíve tried to make this book as helpful and instructive as possible, so every chapter is based on a practical topic. Of course, as with all my books, I hope that Declarer Play the Bergen Way also proves to be entertaining.

Before reading the deals and tips that follow, consider the following. Even if you usually play matchpoint duplicate, in this book you should concentrate on making your contract. Until the contract is assured, donít even think about overtricks. By the way, on most deals, even when youíre playing matchpoints, you wonít go wrong with this approach.

Because no two players have the exact same preferences, I varied the format a little from deal to deal. Some are presented in "test your play" form, so you have an opportunity to find the solution on your own. I included questions on these to help you focus on the most relevant issues. Other deals are presented as they were actually played.

Of course, youíre always welcome to test yourself by covering up the E-W hands, or to avoid all tests by reading on without answering the questions.

© 2004 - Marty Bergen


Page 9
From the Author

As for the bidding, on most deals, the auction is included. If no auction is given, it means that the NĖS bidding was straightforward, and E-W passed throughout.

I recommend that you check out the back of the book. Here you will find:

I. Bergenisms: Pages 181-196 These "tip highlights" provide many practical, carefully-worded statements that can prove invaluable to the reader in countless situations.

A. Declarer Play

B. Bidding

C. Defense and Opening Leads

Although this book focuses on declarer play, on some deals, the discussion of the bidding and/or defense provides helpful hints that are worth emphasizing.

II. Reader-Friendly Glossary Plus: Pages 197-209 Practical declarer-related terms and advice will do a lot more than simply allow you to "talk the talk." This section will definitely improve your knowledge and technique, as well as clarify uncertainties and popular misconceptions. Most terms are discussed in this book, but I also included a few others that are important, or in a few cases, amusing.

Best wishes, Marty Bergen June 2004

© 2004 - Marty Bergen


Page 10
From the Author

Relevant Bidding & Defense in This Book

Opening bids based on the Rule of 20.
Five-card majors.

1NT opening bid = 15-17 HCP.
2NT opening bid = 20-21 HCP.
Jacoby Transfers

2 opening bid is strong, artificial, and forcing.
Weak two-bids in diamonds, hearts, and spades.

Standard Blackwood (not RKC).

Responding to Partnerís Opening Bid:

Natural raises of minors (no Inverted Minors).

1NT response to a major:
Whether you are or are not playing 1NT Forcing is not relevant in this book.

A response in a new suit at the two level:
Whether you are or are not playing 2/1 Game-Forcing is not relevant in this book.

 Defense:

Opening Leads: A from AK, and 4th best.
Signals: Standard

© 2004- Marty Bergen


Chapter 1 :Getting Off on the Right Foot ...................... 11


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