LOOK FORWARD WITH YOUR DISCARDS.
byPhilipp AlderThomas Edison said, "If I find 10,000 ways something won't work, I haven't failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward." Sometimes when defending at the bridge table, every right discard is another step toward defeating the contract -- our theme this week and next.
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In today's deal, how can the defenders beat four Spades? West has a textbook three-level opening bid, and North has a textbook takeout double. Then note South's advance. North will assume that South has six or seven high-card points, but here South has a trick more than that, so must jump to four Spades. West leads his singleton Heart. East wins with his Jack and cashes the Heart Ace. West should anticipate making two discards -- which? West should throw first the Diamond nine, then the Diamond two. High-low asking his partner to shift to that suit. And if East does just that, West will ruff to defeat the contract. If West does not discard like that, East will surely lead a fourth Heart, hoping that it promotes a trump trick for West. Remember the advice of Andy Robson, an English expert. If a three-level-or-higher pre-emptor leads a side suit, it is a singleton. If he leads his own suit, play him for a singleton in your trump suit.
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1 - Bidding: Click the 'Play' button in the middle of the page to display the bidding box.When you are ready, click the 'Start Bidding' button.When a bid is alerted, it is shown on a yellow background. You can then click that bid to display the related alert.When there is a comment or a question about your own bid, you can read it on the bidding box comments pane, and then, click the 'Ok' button to continue bidding.Click 'Close Bidding Box' to proceed to playing the hand.2 - Playing: The lead is automatic if you are declarer, otherwise you'll see the 'It's your lead' warning in the center pane.You will play your cards and dummy's as if you were at a live table.2.1 -Touching cards are considered equivalent! e.g. if you have 876 and you play the 7 while Vu-Bridge expects you to play the 6, then the 7 will blink and the 6 will be played.2.2 -Sometimes there will be a comment or question during the play.You should read it and click the 'Click to continue' button at the top of the comment text.If its a question, there will be a 'Show Answer' button to click at the bottom of the comment panel.2.3 - When a comment bears a 'Finish flag' button, you can click it to reveal hidden hands and continue playing. We use this to explain technical coups like end-plays, squeezes etc.2.4 - You can review the last trick by clicking on the last won or lost trick (back of card) at the bottom of the screen. The last trick will show during 3 seconds and then play will continue.2.5 - You can click the 'Undo last trick' button at the left of the screen in order to redo one or several tricks and review the attached comments.You can review the auction by clicking the 'Auction' tab in the same area.3 - Moving the comment panel:When the mouse hovers the dark green background of the bidding box or the comment panel, you'll see a crosshair cursor and you can drag and move it around the page.The left and right arrows on the top left corner of the comment panel allows you to increase or reduce the width for better readability.4 - When a hand is finished, you can click the 'Board List' at the top of the comment panel, and play other hands From the same Series.To play other Series, visit the Vu-Bridge's home page and click the 'Bridge Hands' button.