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

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Advanced Lesson 15 – Part 1

Advanced Lesson 15 – Part 2

Advanced Lesson 15 – Part 3