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Mary M Young
When partner opens the bidding with one of a suit and the next hand overcalls in a suit (through three diamonds**), a DOUBLE by you is for takeout and promises the following:
If only one major has been bid, DOUBLE promises at least four cards in the other major.
If both majors have been bid, DOUBLE PROMISES at least four cards in each minor.
If neither major has been bid, DOUBLE promises at least four cards in ONE of the majors. "EXCEPTION" When the auction goes one club one diamond specifically, DOUBLE promises at least four cards in both majors.
When your partner opens one of a minor and the next hand bids one heart, a DOUBLE by you promises exactly four spades while a bid of one spade promises five or more spades.
When your partner opens one of a minor and the next hand bids one spade, a DOUBLE by you promises four or more hearts. In order to bid two hearts you must have both five hearts and ten or more high card points.
**the highest level of overcall in which a double is for takeout (negative) is a matter of partnership agreement.
Mary Mason Young
THE STAYMAN CONVENTION
The Stayman Convention is used when your partner has opened 1 NOTRUMP and you want to see if they have a 4 card major. It means that you have one or two 4 card majors and you want to see if you and partner can find a 4-4 fit in one of the majors. You must have a minimum of 7 high card points with no upper limit. Here is how it works: Your partner opens with 1 NT and your right hand opponent passes, you bid 2 clubs and if your left hand opponent passes you partner will bid his 4 card major. If your partner has two 4 card majors, they bid them up the line (hearts first) and if you don’t have hearts and have 4 spades, you bid them. If partner has 4 spades also, they will raise your spade. This indicates that partner has 4 hearts and 4 spades. If partner does not have spades, they rebid 2 NT and if you have less than 10 points you pass. With 10+ points you will insure game either in No trump or in the agreed suit. Remember partner has 15-17 points if you have 8-9 points you invite game in the agreed suit or no trump.
PTR OPP 1 YOU OPP 2
1 NT P 2 C P
2 NT P P/3NT P
2H P 2S P
2NT/3S P P/3NT/4S P
2H/S P 3H/S P
P/4H-S P P P
This is the Stayman Convention in its simplest form. You look for a 4-4 fit in a major suit or you play no trump.
Sometimes you may use the Stayman Convention when you are 5-4 in the majors and want to see if partner has 4 cards in one of them. If partner has no 4 card major they will bid 2D. Now if you bid a major, it must be a 5 card suit and opener may join you with three providing an 8 card fit.
1NT P 2C P
2D P 2H/S P
2NT/3H/S P P/3NT/4H/S P
Remember partner opened with 15-17 points, use Stayman with 7, invite with 8-9, insure game with 10+. Opener accepts invitations with 17 points in No-trump and in suit with a fit.
Mary Mason Young
Improve your bridge skills! 2nd installment: 6 deals for intermediate players.
In all these hands you are taught how to "think right".
Always pause and plan your game before playing the 1st card from dummy.
Try to collect all available informations from the bidding and the lead. Even a Pass bid by opponents can be informative!
Series # 151 Improve your bridge skills: think right! - 2:
ABA Games are scheduled on BBO for Monday and Tuesday of this week and next week.
ABA directors are being trained and more games will be scheduled.
Please share this guide with your ABA friends who want to know how to get started.
From Mary Young comes these tidbits on being a good partner:
21 Rules of Being a Good Partner
“I have always believed that your attitude toward your partner is as important as your technical skill at the game.”
Rixi Markus, one of the all-time great players
Before you sit down to discuss what you are playing, you should start your partnership off on the right note. Half the battle of winning is being a good partner. Always observe the following:
1. Do not give lessons, unless you are being paid to do so. “According to an evening paper, there are only five real authorities on bridge in this country. Odd how often one gets one of them as a partner.”Punch (British magazine).
2. Never say anything to your partner unless you would want him to say the same to you. If you are unsure whether your partner would want you to say something, don’t.
3. Never “result” (criticize your partner for a normal action just because it did not work this time).
4. Unless your intent is to clear up a misunderstanding, avoid discussing the hand just played. If you cannot resist, be discreet.
5. Remember that you and your partner are on the same side.
6. Do not forget that your partner wants to win as much as you do.
7. If you feel the urge to be nasty, sarcastic, critical or loud — excuse yourself and take a walk.
8. When there is time between hands, do not discuss bridge.
9. When you want to consult another player about a disaster, ask about your hand, not your partner's.
10. Do not ever criticize or embarrass your partner in front of others.
11. Remember that bridge is only a card game.
12. Have a good time, and make sure that your partner does also. “Bridge is for fun. You should play the game for no other reason. You should not play bridge to make money, to show how smart you are, or show how stupid your partner is¼or to prove any of the several hundred other things bridge players are so often trying to prove.” Bridge legend Charles Goren.
13. Trust your partner; do not assume that he has made a mistake.
14. Although it may be unfashionable, it really is okay to be pleasant to a partner with whom you also happen to live.
15. Remember: “The worst analysts and the biggest talkers are often one and the same.” Bridge columnist Frank Stewart. Think twice before verbally analyzing a hand. Do not embarrass yourself with a hasty, inaccurate comment.
16. When you voluntarily choose to play bridge with someone, it is not fair to get upset when partner does not play any better than usual.
17. Never side with an opponent against your partner. If you cannot support your partner, say nothing.
18. If you think you are too good for a partner, and do not enjoy playing bridge with him, do everyone a favor and play with someone else. That is clearly much better than being a martyr. However, be careful before burning bridges — another player's grass may not be greener.
19. Learn your partner's style, regardless of how you feel about it. Do not expect your partner to bid exactly as you would. When partner makes a bid, consider what he will have, not what you would.
20. Try to picture problems from partner's point of view. Seek the bid or play that will make his life easiest.
21. Sympathize with partner if he makes a mistake. Let your partner know that you like him, and always root for him 100%.
Mary M Young
Why play bridge?
so many activities competing for your leisure time, why invest your energy into
learning a game as complex as bridge? Why bridge instead of computer games,
poker, chess, golf?
wondering if bridge is for you -- or if you've always wanted to learn but have
been afraid it's too difficult -- here are some of the reasons why millions of
people around the world are hooked on this fascinating game.
be a lifelong pursuit. It takes only rudimentary knowledge to begin playing
and enjoying bridge, but as any player will tell you, this is not a game for
those who demand instant gratification. Learning to play well takes time and
effort, and the game is impossible to master. But that's precisely why bridge is
so popular, and why it's called "the game for a lifetime". No matter how many
years you play, you'll always find new challenges, and the learning process will
never end. Bridge also caters to all physical conditions and disabilities, so
players can actively pursue their pastime throughout their entire lives.
will never bore you. The game can be exciting, challenging, frustrating and
humbling, but it will never be boring. There are more than 750 trillion possible
hands, so you'll see something new every time you play. It's actually a
fast-paced game, too. Each hand takes just five to ten minutes to play before
you move on to the next deal and a new challenge.
stimulates the brain. Bridge is one of the best ways to practice the "use
it or lose it" advice for maintaining mental sharpness in older age. Research
has shown that regular bridge playing improves reasoning skills and long- and
short-term memory. You'll feel the neurons firing not only while you play, but
long after. Many players say that hours after a bridge game, they still feel
mentally alert and energized, similar to the "high" that long-distance runners
experience after a race.
exercises both sides of your brain. Bridge is one of the few games that
stimulates both the left and right sides of your brain. Every time you play, you
use -- and improve -- your skills in communication, logic, math, memory,
visualization and psychology. It's a unique type of mental workout that is both
relaxing and invigorating, and that can't be duplicated by other leisure or
improve your physical health. Research has shown that a game of bridge can
even boost your immune system. By stimulating the brain cortex, bridge-playing
activity produces higher numbers of the white blood cells that fight disease.
Other studies have found that people who play bridge regularly are 2½ times less
likely to develop Alzheimer's disease.
social. A game of bridge involves communication and cooperation with your
partner and interaction with your opponents. There's a special camaraderie among
bridge players that develops from the social setting and the game's emphasis on
teamwork, ethics and sportsmanship. And if you play duplicate bridge, you can
find new friends and partners at more than 3300 bridge clubs throughout North
a bargain. All you need for a bridge game is a deck of cards and three
other people. You don't have to leave your home, and if you have a computer, you
don't even need the cards or the people. You can play and practice on your own
with bridge software, or you can join in live games with thousands of players
from around the world at one of the free online bridge clubs. You can also enter
games at your local duplicate club, where you'll enjoy a three-hour session of
bridge for less than the cost of a movie.
fun. Of all the reasons to learn the game, the most important is that it's
just fun to play. It offers the suspense of poker, the cerebral qualities of
chess and the excitement of athletic sports, all in a sociable setting where
you're a participant, not just a spectator. Every session allows you to test
yourself and experience the feeling of accomplishment when you find a successful
bid or play.
keeps people coming back to the bridge table, and it's why bridge will always be
the world's most popular card game.
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