Getting Started

ACBL, Bidding, Ch1. Players begin each hand with an Auction. The auction determines who will be Declarer, Dummy, LHO, and RHO. Each player announces in turn how many tricks they estimate their team can Make. The player to their left may then bid higher (but not lower) or pass the auction to the player on their left. The auction ends when three consecutive players pass. Continue reading Getting Started

Online Practice with Defensive Signals

Online Practice with Defensive Signals

BeB, Defense, Signals. LHO is encouraged to lead a suit bid by RHO. However, LHO should not expect an attitude signal from RHO. The most important action by LHO is to unblock, meaning that LHO must save a low card for their last play in the suit. By playing low on their last card, LHO ensures that RHO will win the lead and can continue the suit. Leading RHO’s suit is acceptable for all contracts. Continue reading Online Practice with Defensive Signals

Online Practice with 3rd-Hand-High Defense

Online Practice with 3rd-Hand-High Defense

BeB, Defense, 3hh. LHO leads 4th best from an unbid suit. LHO has one entry, which is insufficient to develop the lead suit. LHO must let RHO win as much as possible. When Dummy leads low in LHO’s entry suit, LHO ducks. In this case, RHO wins and returns LHO’s suit. Declarer wins, but LHO’s suit is now established. Eventually, LHO regains the lead with their entry and runs their established suit. Continue reading Online Practice with 3rd-Hand-High Defense

Making a Defenders’ Plan

Making a Defenders’ Plan

ACBL, Hearts, Ch8. If one Defender is establishing a long suit, that Defender may not have enough entries to run the suit once it is established. While the second Defender still has cards in partner’s suit, the second Defender should win any trick possible, and return a card in the first Defender’s long suit. Second Defender should win even when such play is counterintuitive, such as not playing 2nd Hand Low. Winning in the short hand will accomplish two things — it will help establish the first Defender’s long suit, and it will preserve the first Defender’s entries. Continue reading Making a Defenders’ Plan

Online Practice with Opening Leads

Online Practice with Opening Leads

BeB, Defense, Leads. In most situations, LHO will lead the 4th card from their longest unbid holding against a NT contract. That is, LHO will not lead a long suit if that suit were bid by Declarer. If two suits have the same length, then LHO will lead the stronger suit (eg, one with a tenace). If Declarer has not bid Stayman, then LHO should prefer a lead in a major suit. If the contract is NT slam, then LHO should not underlead a suit containing a single honor. Continue reading Online Practice with Opening Leads