Advanced Lesson #15_, Slams, Penalty Doubles and Excitement

Here we go again with eight more exciting hands taken “from the table” with red-blooded Bridge players!

We start off pondering the bids to scope out slam (or grand slam) contracts.  But what if you’re running a tad short to make a 6 Notrump contract – now what do we do.  Are you into counting the shape of the opponents suit when you are winning sure tricks?  Well, if you want to make the contract, now is a good time to see how it’s done by making and endplay instead of trying a fateful, feeble finesse attempt.   And while making a slam contact in a suit contract seems simple enough, are you up to cuebidding controls to find the almighty grandslam contract?  So far so good – now ponder how as responder with a 6-6-1-0 shape, should we shoot for slam after partner opens 1 Notrump.

Then we shift to playing doubled game suit contracts – do we enjoy extra points for the insult or go down the tubes?  Of course whether you are declarer or defender, as always the play is the thing!

All audiences – Part 1 – count, Count, COUNT to make slam – 16 minutes
Free, Premium an ULTRA audiences – Part 2, Dare try another slam and grandslam?
Premium and ULTRA Members – Part 3, Bid and make 5 game contracts – 46 minutes

Here at BridgeHands all of our Bridge hands are full of commentary (regardless of who is the declarer and defender) and analysis on hand evaluation, bidding and animated card play.   As always, our hand discussion offers a refreshingly rare glimpse of Bridge inside the minds of all four players at the table as play progresses, bid by bid, card by card.  Visitors are welcome to view the Part 1 series of our video lesson with nuances that will lead to quick and sound bidding without guesswork.  Those with the Free BridgeHands  membership may also watch Part 2 where we play more hands with provocative play tips and strategies, as well as way to improve skills by critiquing student players. As a Premium and ULTRA member, you are welcome to enjoy the entire five-part lesson segments with lots of hands, plus an opportunity to view future shows during your membership subscription period.   And as always, be sure to check out the hundreds of hours of videos in our archive that is growing by leaps and bounds, by clicking “Index to Videos” on the navigation above or simply click this link.

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Advanced Lesson 15 – Part 1

Advanced Lesson 15 – Part 2

Advanced Lesson 15 – Part 3

Advanced Lesson #16, Responder Rebids – #11-20 with Analysis, Commentary and Numerous Bridge Hands

We are back with more of our analysis, commentary and illustrative Bridge hands to bid and play in response to our survey questions regarding responder rebids!

As you will recall, responder rebids are based on a significant number of dependencies:
- Opener’s bid
- Responder’s first bid
- Opener’s rebid
- Possible interference bids

Not worry, as always BridgeHands is more than willing to take on the beast with insightful responses to the survey questions.

We will take a look at various forms of the Fourth Suit Forcing bid, jump suit 2 level opening bids in the fourth seat after three passes, passing and making a jump rebid after partner opens, Jacoby Transfers with opponent doubling or making interference bids, unusual rebids after partner makes a Stayman call and more.

All audiences – Part 1, hand 11 with two variations – 18 minutes
Free, Premium an ULTRA audiences – Part 2, hand 12 with five variations – 16 minutes
Premium and ULTRA Members – Part 3, hands 13-16 with six variations – 40 minutes
Premium and ULTRA Members – Part 4, hands 17-18 with 7 variations – 32 minutes
Premium and ULTRA Members – Part 5, hands 19-20 with 7 variations & recap of entire show – 45 minutes

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Advanced #15: Rebids, Splinters, Jacoby 2 Notrump – Slow Shows, Fast Denies

In this 192 minute mega-episode we explore Splinter Bids, Jacoby 2 Notrump, cuebids, interference bids, defensive strategies and more.  BridgeHands provides commentary and illustrative Bridge hands to bid and play in response to our survey questions 12 through 21 with over 2 dozen hands regarding opener and responder rebids.  If you are looking to make more slams, especially when you and partner only have 25 or so High Card Points, you’ve come to the right place!

This lesson goes deep, very deep with a comprehensive discussion on how “Slow Shows – Fast Denies” bidding is both important for you and your partner to accurately bid your game and slam hands, as well as utilize obstructive tactics to minimize interference from the opponents.  Of course in some circumstances frisky opponents have a mind of their own.  But worry not Bridge friends, we will encounter some of these “messy” bidding scenarios in our lesson and provide you additional tactics to succinctly and elegantly counteract their obstructive bids.

All audiences – Part 1 – Benefits of Slow Shows-Fast Denies – 22 minutes
Free, Premium an ULTRA audiences – Part 2, Splinters, hands 9-9b 22 minutes
Free, Premium an ULTRA audiences – Part 2b, Splinters, hands 10-11b 22 minutes
Premium and ULTRA Members – Part 3, Jacoby 2 Notrump, hands 12-12b – 24 minute video
Premium and ULTRA Members – Part 4, hands 13a-14 – 26 minute video
Premium and ULTRA Members – Part 4b, hands 15a-16 – 15 minute video
Premium and ULTRA Members – Part 5, hands 17-19b – 33 minute video
Premium and ULTRA Members – Part 6, hands 20-22 – 29 minute video

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Advanced Lesson #14, Responder Rebids – Survey Questions 1-10 with Analysis, Commentary and Numerous Bridge Hands

Okay, at long last we have produced our first segment of our analysis, commentary and illustrative Bridge hands to bid and play in response to our survey questions regarding responder rebids!

You would think bidding and responses might be challenging enough, let alone figuring out various permutations of responder rebids.  But wait, there’s more!  Yes, in this lessons we push our look and explore responder REBIDS after opener’s rebid!  Whew, that might be a tall order to fill but we will give it our best shot based, taking a look at hundreds of your survey responses and as if to prove the point, we will explore 20 hands to demonstrate various lines of bidding and play.

But fear not, in this segment we will limit our analysis to the first 10 of the 40 questions in the survey.

All audiences – Part 1 with four variations of the first hand – 24.5 minutes
Free, Premium an ULTRA audiences – Part 2, hand 2 – 19 minutes
Premium and ULTRA Members – Part 3, hands 3-5 – 38 minute video
Premium and ULTRA Members – Part 4a, hands 6-8 – 25 minute video
Premium and ULTRA Members – Part 4b, hands 9-10 – 19.5 minute video

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SURVEY for Advanced Lesson #14 – Rebids

Greetings Bridge Friends!

We will be producing Advanced Lesson #14, “Rebids, Part 1″ shortly  In the interim, we welcome your responses to the attached survey/questionnaire.  Good luck and happy hunting!

Click here to begin the slam bidding survey.

FYI – below is a copy of the survey questions and possible responses (click the above link to take the actual survey).

In our upcoming Advanced Video Lesson #14 in addition to our commentary including an assortment of hands to bid and play (with animation), we will share everyone’s consolidated survey results along with our feedback.

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Advanced Lesson #13, 2/1 Slam Bidding, Jacoby 2 Notrump, Splinter Bids, Cuebids and more

Greeting Bridge Friends,

Finally, it’s time to step up to the table and take our best shot at bidding and making a slam contract.  Whether you play the 2/1 system, Standard American or something else, in this lesson we will cover many of the popular slam methods and conventions to propel your partnership to bid and make the coveted 12 trick contract – or more!  In addition to cuebidding controls, we will explore Blackwood and Gerber conventions including 14-30 and 03-14 Roman Keycard Blackwood, the Jacoby 2 Notrump mild slam asking sequence, splinter bids and even discuss Exclusion Blackwood, Blackwood responses with voids, the three possible meanings of a 5 level major suit raise (depending on the context) and more.   And that’s just the beginning!  Here at BridgeHands you’ll have the opportunity to play over 15 Bridge Hands that will go beyond finesses and promotion plays, including lead-directing plays, squeeze plays, analyzing inferences, etc.

So with over 2 hours and 40 minutes of animated video material, you won’t want to miss this lesson, discuss partnership agreements you may have missed, and consider adopting some of our BridgeHands recommendations.  And as always, we have a plethora of  additional Bridge hands here at BridgeHands – we welcome you to view our online archive with hundreds of hours of Bridge videos are always available here:

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All audiences – Part 1, Bidding Theory – 29 minutes

Free, Premium an ULTRA audiences – Part 2, Review 15 Question Survey Results – 38 minutes

Premium and ULTRA Members – Part 3 – Serious 3 Notrump, Cuebidding Controls – 36 minute video

Premium and ULTRA Members – Part 4, Jacoby 2 Notrump, Blackwood and more – 22 minute video

Premium and ULTRA Members – Part 5a, Splinter Bids, Blackwood and more – 24 minute video

Premium and ULTRA Members – Part 5b, Splinter Bids, Blackwood and more – 17 minute video

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SURVEY for Advanced Lesson #13 – 2/1 Slam Bidding

Greetings Bridge Friends!

We will be producing Advanced Lesson #13 on 2/1 slam bidding during the upcoming (fourth) week of October.  In the interim, we welcome your responses to the attached survey.  Good luck and happy hunting!

Click here to begin the slam bidding survey.

FYI – here’s is a copy of the survey questions and possible responses (click the above link to take the actual survey).

In our upcoming Advanced Video Lesson #13 in addition to our commentary on over 15 slam-oriented hands with animation, we will share everyone’s consolidated survey results along with our feedback.
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Advanced Lesson #12 – 2/1 in Competition (Two over One) Part 3

Continuing on our bidding saga using the 2/1 system, enter the world of competitive bidding.  Yes, mother told us that Bridge bidding and play would not always be easy.  Sure enough, after partner opens 1 Heart and our Right Hand Opponent overcalls 1 Spade, our hopes of using the 2/1 system has vanished!  So our 2 level bid in a new suit is no longer game forcing.  Ditto with our 1 Notrump response, suddenly changing from a forcing call to simply showing 8-10ish points, “to play” and a few stoppers in nasty RHOs suit – drat.

And should RHO make a takeout double call, like the Standard American bidding system, enter a NEW set of calls to deal with interference.  As with other systems, a redouble shows 10+ points and implies no fit, a new lower suit bid at the 2 level is “to play” (non-forcing).  And now a 2 Notrump response becomes an artificial bid showing 3+ card trump suit (4+ for some) and invitational+ values.  Wow, so much for our beloved 2/1 system in competition!

But wait, there’s more… When the opponents compete and we do not have a fit, we need methods to explore 3 Notrump contracts with stoppers, right?  And we also need methods to efficiently explore slam auctions when the opponents compete (cuebids).  And of course we will need efficient methods to explore major suit slams with 5+4 suit fits and no competition, i.e., the Jacoby 2 Notrump convention.

So with almost 100 minutes of instructional video material, you won’t want to miss this lesson and consider our BridgeHands recommendations.  Of course, bidding is only half the game and we will have lots to ponder when it comes to declarer and defender play.  So whether you play the 2/1 system or not, over the course of 12 hands as always you will definitely get your money’s worth.  And as always, we have a plethora of  additional Bridge hands here at BridgeHands – we welcome you to view our online archive with hundreds of hours of Bridge videos are always available here:

Index to Videos” on the navigation above or simply click this link.

All audiences – Part 1, lesson and 2 hands – 27 minutes

Free, Premium an ULTRA audiences – Part 1b, Bid and play 2 hands – 15 minutes

Premium and ULTRA Members – Part 2, 2/1 competition – 35 minute video

Premium and ULTRA Members – Part 3, 2/1 with more competition – 31 minute video

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Advanced Lesson #11 – 2/1 (Two over One) Part 2

Now that we have covered the basics of the 2/1 system, essentials of the Forcing 1 Notrump response and associated responder rebids, we are ready to explore an assortment of agreements to consider with your various 2/1 partners.  Here is a sample of opener rebids for us to consider…

1. 1H/S – 2x; 2N  Promise a stopper?

2. 1H/S – 2C/D;  Game forcing?

3. 1H/S – 2x; 2H/S  Promise a 6 card suit?

4. 1H/S – 2D; 3C  Any special requirements

5. 1S – 2D; 2H – 3C  What does this mean?

6. When is responders 1 Notrump non-forcing?

And wouldn’t you know, the three top 2/1 Bridge authors each have different ideas on partnership agreements!   So with over 150 minutes of instructional video material, you won’t want to miss this lesson and consider our BridgeHands recommendations.  In addition to 80 minutes of “chalk talk” including illustrative hand, we will provide complete bidding and play commentary over 10 hand to demonstrate lessons learned – including much on defender play, how to read the opponents tells.  And if that isn’t enough, check out our attempt to offer a bit of humor by the “MAD HATTER!”

So as always, we have a plethora of  Bridge hands here at BridgeHands and we welcome you to view our online archive with hundreds of hours of Bridge videos are always available here:
Index to Videos” on the navigation above or simply click this link.

All audiences – Part 1, When 1 Notrump is forcing – 22 minutes

All audiences – Part 1b, Bid and play 2 hands – 22 minutes

Free, Premium and ULTRA Members – Part 2, 2/1 opener rebid issues – 28 minute video

Free, Premium and ULTRA Members – Part 2b, Bid and play 2 hands – 18 minute video

Premium and ULTRA Members – Part 3, Compare variances by top 2/1 teachers – 28 minute video

Premium and ULTRA Members – Part 3b, Bid and play 3 hands- 19 minute video

Premium and ULTRA Members – Part 3b2, Bid and play 3 hands- 20 minute video

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Advanced Lesson 10 – 2/1 (Two Over One) Bridge Bidding System

Due to popular demand for our aspiring duplicate and serious Bridge players, we will be covering the 2/1 Bridge system in some detail!  While the Standard American bidding system has gained a strong following for social players over the years, many competitive bidders looking to make for games and slams have turned their attention to the 2/1 system.  And why not, after opener has begun 1 Heart or 1 Spade and responder has made a 2 level response in a lower ranking suit (both unpassed hands without interference), in essence the responder is promising game-going values, typically 12+ points.  Now the partnership can carefully provide a further description of their hand without fear of partner passing out the auction before reaching game – cool!

Of course, 2/1 players need another mechanism for both weak hands worthy of a single bid as well as invitation bids with slightly less than game-going values.  Here’s where the forcing 1 Notrump response comes into play.  The forcing 1 Notrump response is very versatile, offering responder a wide range of options to describe many types of hands including a weaker hand with a 6 or good 5 card suit and weak values.  In this video series we will discuss the background and benefits of the 2/1 system, the difference between forcing and non-forcing bids and offer commentary on 30+ bidding scenarios over the next 5 lesson segments.  So as always, we have a plethora of  Bridge hands here at BridgeHands.

Of course, our online archive with hundreds of hours of Bridge videos are always available here:
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All audiences – Part 1a with theory, click here to learn the basics – 23 minutes

All audiences – Part 1b with theory, click here to learn the basics – 26 minutes

Premium and ULTRA Members – Part 2, click here to compare 2/1 and Standard American – 26 minute video

Premium and ULTRA Members – Part 3, click here to differentiate forcing and non-forcing bids – 20 minute video

Premium and ULTRA Members – Part 4, click here to bid 11 Forcing 1 Notrump auctions – 20 minute video

Premium and ULTRA Members – Part 5, click here to bid 11 more Forcing 1 Notrump auctions – 19 minute video

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