Advanced Lesson 26, Opening Leads Part 3

Here we go again with more hands for us to discover the best opening lead playing against Notrump contracts. Of course, going beyond viewing our cards to listening carefully to the auction is a start. Then comes the “CIA” – Counting, Inferences and Analysis of what was said, what wasn’t said, considering everyone’s assets (length, strength and honors). Whew, while all this may sound daunting, it’s also fun to play Sherlock Homes so off we go!

Part 1 – Hands 1-2, 30 minutes
Part 2, Hand 3-4, 34 minutes
Part 3, Hands 5-8, 41 minutes

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Advanced Lesson 25 – Part 1

Advanced Lesson 25 – Part 2

Advanced Lesson 25 – Part 3

As always and until our next show, Happy Trails until we meet again!

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…

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Part 2.1
Part 2.2
Part 2.3
Part 2.4
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Happy Trails,


Social Lesson 16 – Bridge Partscore Contracts – Gaining Entries, Finesses, Unblocking, Endplays

Greetings Bridge Friends!

At long last, we conclude our series on Bridge promotion plays looking at partscore contracts and focusing our attention on gaining entries.  And while it might seem easy to make a contract when not playing for a game bonus, our opponents have other ideas – particularly when THEY have their fair share of honors.  In this lesson we begin with 10 hands, yet before the play is through, we expand the hand permutations and associated play to a whopping 35 hand variations.  So while sometimes a less than perfect line of play might turn out okay, be careful – on the next hand the opponents line of play may improve, our their card distribution might change and all is lost!

Part 1 – Entries and Promotion Play for all audiences – click here to view 23 minutes of video 
Free, Premium and ULTRA Members click here to view Part 2 – 18 minutes of video

Premium and ULTRA Members click here to view Part 3 – 19 minutes of video
Premium and ULTRA Members click here to view Part 4 – 27 minutes of video
Premium and ULTRA Members click here to view Part 5 – 28 minutes of video
Premium and ULTRA Members click here to view Part 6 – 17 minutes of video

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Twitter comes to BridgeHands

As of October 9, 2010, BridgeHands has joined the Twitter generation. In addition to viewing our “tweets” (posts) at Twitter here:

…you’ll see our most recent tweet posts at on our Bridgeblog home page here:

So what are tweets anyway? These are very short messages of up to two lines of text (far less than blog posts like this). Tweets offer a very short, quick snippet of information, often with a hyperlink enabling the viewer to click on the link for additional information. Since tweets are very short messages, they are easy to create and read. And NO, we promise not to blast you with trivial tweets.

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