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Marty Sez - Bergen’s Bevy of Bridge Secrets


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1    Getting Off On the Right Foot       13

2   Hand Evaluation    23

3  Opener’s Decisions        33

4  Responder’s Decisions    43

5  Notrump Bidding   53

6   All About Slam     65

7   Passed Hand Bidding     75

8   Preempts — We Do It   83

9   Preempts — They Do It 95

10  Competitive Auctions     105

11  I’ll Have a Double 117

12  Impressive Declarer Play       129

13  The Defense Never Rests      143

         Glossary       153

      Recommended Reading       159


Chapter 8 


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

© 2001 - Marty Bergen

3 Out of 5 Ain’t Bad

You don’t need 2 of the top 3 honors to open a weak two — 3 out of 5 is just fine.

Bid One More

At favorable vulnerability, try to preempt “one more” than normal.

Seven Bad is Good Enough

If the vulnerability is wrong for a preempt at the three level, open a weak two-bid.

A Major on the Side

Preempting with an outside four-card major is neither illegal nor stupid.

Eight is Enough

In first and second seat, a 4 or 4 preempt promises a weak hand with an eight-card suit.

Sock It To ’Em

Preempt in third seat as often as possible, especially when you are not vulnerable.

Last But Not Least

A fourth-seat preempt shows 9-12 HCP.

Going Nowhere

When partner preempts, you don’t have to bid just because you were dealt 13 HCP.

Feature, Schmeature

A 2NT response to a weak two-bid asks opener if he has a minimum. The “feature” issue is secondary.

Partner’s Suit or Else

When partner opens 3 or 3, forget about 3NT — either pass or raise.

9   Preempts — They Do It 95

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