Wisdom of Pearle

The greatest ability in Bridge is to get along with others and influence their actions.  A chip on the shoulder is too heavy a piece of baggage to carry thru life.

The Heart Malfunction

Bridge is such a difficult game to master. As declarer, make a habit of trying to picture one or both of the opponents' hand. This is done by taking inferences from their bidding, their leads, their carding and their discards. So pay attention to ALL the spot cards.
 
In a small club game, all declarers failed to make 10 tricks in spades on this layout :

Q98
KQ97
AK3
J83
43
J4
QT865
AT64
J6
AT632
J4
KQ97
AKT752
85
972
52

SouthWestNorthEast
2Pass4Pass
PassPass

Miracle on 8th street

After North balanced in 4th seat, South made an aggressive double of 3. South led the the K and continued the suit to North's ten.

KT9
Q
842
AJT543
AQ542
J64
95
Q96
8
AT9732
KQJ3
82
J763
K85
AT76
K7
SouthWestNorthEast
---2
PassPass3Pass
Pass3PassPass
XPassPassPass
When North persisted with another club, East ruffed with the 9. South, a good defender, refused to overruff with his sure winner, since he held a possible second trump trick that might be developed by promotion. East erred by leading a spade to the Ace to attack trumps, leading the Jack from dummy.

Rule of 11

Against South's 3NT, West leads the 5. When declarer plays low from dummy, how should East defend?

KJT7
KQT9
Q6
KJ76
Q96
3
A8754
T854
432
J8765
KT92
3
A85
A42
J3
AQ92
SouthWestNorthEast
1NTPass2Pass
2Pass3NTPass
PassPass
Using the rule of 11 (11 – 5 = 6), East seeing 2 in dummy and 3 in his own hand, knows that declarer has one card higher than the five. If he inserts the nine, declarer romps home with at least 11 tricks. Those who feared putting up the King to lose it to the Ace let the game make. From the lead, East should reason that declarer may have the Ace or the Jack but not both.

Frozen

East-West could have bid an easy game in spades but East found himself in 5 after West made an attempt to reach slam. On the lie of the cards, East has a sure diamond loser and if declarer has to break open the heart suit, 2 other losers. However if the defense is forced to open up the heart suit, declarer can make two tricks in the suit. The heart suit is called a Frozen Suit because, whomever is forced to lead the suit first, loses.

J3
K843
QJ63
J32
T986
AJ6
K97
AK8
AKQ72
T52
A85
96
54
Q96
T42
QT754
On the Q lead, declarer can prevail.

Rope-a-DOPI

At the best of times, bidding is difficult. When the opponents interfere, finding the right suit and the right level demands patience, discipline and cooperation.. This deal will serve to demonstrate how an auction can easily go off the rails.

J7
84
A6432
QT42
Q
AKQJ9765
KQ9
9
AKT9643
T
J75
86
852
32
T8
AKJ753
SouthWestNorthEast
-1Pass1
34NT66
7PassPassPass
I agree with West's opening 1; the hand is too strong to open 4. South's 3 preempt is typical of today's free and easy style.

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