"Blinding Glimpse of the Obvious" By Marti Ronemus
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“Shark Tank” was on TV last night. For those of you who never have seen it, people bring their inventions, gadgets and products in front of a panel of investors to try to tempt them to break out the cash.
Often when looking at the offerings, I find myself saying, “What a fabulous idea! Why hasn’t anyone done this before? What a blinding glimpse of the obvious!” It just makes sense.
And so it is with bridge. We stare at a hand, waiting for inspiration to strike. When it finally does, there’s that “Aha!” moment. The path is suddently so clear. What is the secret to finding more of those “Aha!” moments? And even more importantly, finding them BEFORE playing the hand? Our offerings this issue will help. Once you understand the concepts, they are there when you need them.
SO!! Let’s start with our pal, David Bird. Blinding Glimpses? 1) A reminder that 3 No-trump is the most important contract. 2) If you have no reentry, why pursue your suit? Is there a better action? 3) Pard’s lead helps place every card in the suit. 4) When a card is sent for you to ruff, it contains a “secret message.” Learn to spot the message. 5) When the opponents lead, we give count, not attitude. And much more!
Next, Matthias Huberschwiller, our French Champion. His contributions to our Blinding Glimpses include: 1) How the bidding helps us find the setting trick. 2) Which card should we play to set a trap. 3) How to be alert to take advantage of a declarer’s sloppy mistake. 4) How to recognize a less-than-obvious duck. And there’s so much more, but I’m out of room!
We also have eight hands from Paul Bowyer, one of Great Britain’s very best teachers (and players). His hands are all based on the concept of “Third Hand High.” This has been around since the days of Whist, but it isn’t always obvious why. That’s Paul’s focus. Also: 1) After third hand high, what next? 2) How to use it to find cards. 3) What we mean by “lower of equals.” 4) When should we hold back the Ace when third hand?
And as a warm-up, I’ve got two hands for you. My Blinding Glimpses are based on visualization. Every card played on defense carries a (not so) secret message, if you just take the time to look carefully. All will become obvious.
So, enjoy, learn, play and stay in touch. We want to hear from you.
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