Social Lesson #20, Part 2 – Counting

Counting. Sounds simple enough, right? 
But as any emerging Bridge player will attest, it’s not quite so easy in the swirl of bidding and related inferences, leads, play strategies, signals and yes, surprises that frequently arise before the dust settles. 
We begin with a quick review of helpful analysis of the odds of suit splits, common percentages associated with common Bridge holdings and even offer some tips on how to be a good partner.  Then it’s off to the Bridge tournament and it’s time to start tossing cards… after careful thought, of course!
BridgeHands Premium and ULTRA Members, here are the  links to watch over two hours and 14 hands helpful to improve your counting skills…

Bridge Teachers, you may download a copy of our videos here for lessons with your local students:

Part 2.1
Part 2.2
Part 2.3
Part 2.4
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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.

Bridge Teachers – you may download your personal copy of our copyrighted video lesson here:

Advanced Lesson 15 – Part 1

Advanced Lesson 15 – Part 2

Advanced Lesson 15 – Part 3

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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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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