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Marty Sez - Bergenís Bevy of Bridge Secrets


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1    Getting Off On the Right Foot       13

2   Hand Evaluation    23

3  Openerís Decisions        33

4  Responderís Decisions    43

5  Notrump Bidding   53

6   All About Slam     65

7   Passed Hand Bidding     75

8   Preempts ó We Do It   83

9   Preempts ó They Do It 95

10  Competitive Auctions     105

11  Iíll Have a Double 117

12  Impressive Declarer Play       129

13  The Defense Never Rests      143

         Glossary       153

      Recommended Reading       159


Chapter 5


Note: Only summaries are included below - see book for details

© 2001 - Marty Bergen

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Not all balanced hands with 15-17 HCP qualify for a 1NT opening bid.

Extra, Extra

When bidding notrump, give yourself extra point(s) for a long suit.

No Major Interest

Donít bid Stayman with 4-3-3-3 distribution.


When you open 1NT and partner transfers, you should usually jump with four trumps.

Donít Jump

When partner transfers and you have four trumps, do not jump with an ďuglyĒ 17-count.

You Gotta Have Clubs

A 1NT response to a 1 opening bid promises clubs.

Six Ever, Five Never

After you respond 1NT, do not introduce a suit that is only five cards long.

Heís Got Ya Covered

When partner opens 1NT and RHO shows a suit, you should proceed as if opener has that suit stopped.

If You Got It, Flaunt It

Once partner passes your opening bid and the auction becomes competitive, you need 18-19 HCP to bid 1NT.

Definitely Not Weak

2NT is never a shutout bid.

6   All About Slam     65

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