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Duplicate Bridge


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HOW TO USE THIS BOOK 1. THE MECHANICS OF DUPLICATE BRIDGE What is a Duplicate Tournament? The Duplicate Board Seat Assignments The Shuffle and the Deal The Bidding How to Play the Cards The Traveling Scoreslip Entering the Score Moving for the Next Round The Private Scorecard Why Totalling Points Is Not Enough Match Points Your Total Score 2. GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF TOURNAMENT PLAY The Scoring Table Your True Opponents What Is the Field Doing? The Minor Suits Are for the Birds Notrump Is Top Dog Competition Is the Life of Duplicate Whose Hand Is It? Fatal Numbers Hair-Trigger Doubles When to Jump Out of the Frying Pan Playing for Average Safety Isn't Enough Duplicate Ethics and Etiquette 3. STANDARD PRINCIPLES OF BIDDING The Point Count The Basic Figures Opening Bids Responding to One of a Suit Rebids by the Opening Bidder Responder's Rebids Responding to Notrump Bids Defensive Overalls The Takeout Double Bidding Over the Double 4. OFFENSIVE BIDDING AT DUPLICATE Light or Strong Opening? Four-Card or Five-Card Majors? Step-wise Bidding Third Hand Bids Fourth Hand Bids Bidding by the Passed Hand Opening Shutout Bids Delicate Forcing Bids Deceptive Bidding 5. COMPETITIVE BIDDING AT DUPLICATE The Theory of Defensive Bidding Reopening the Bidding Simple Overcalls Responding to a Simple Overcall Jump Overcalls The Takeout Double Responding to a Takeout Double Bidding Over the Takeout Double Cooperative Penalty Doubles Competitive Penalty Doubles Lead Directing Doubles 6. SPECIAL BIDDING CONVENTIONS The Blackwood Convention The Gerber Convention The Fishbein Convention Weak Two Bids Two Clubs as a Force to Game Jacoby Two Bids Aces Over Two Bids Sheinwold Two Bids Pre-Emptive Jump Responses Weak Notrump Unusual Notrump Overcalls Upside Down Defensive Signals 7. THE PLAY OF THE CARDS AT DUPLICATE Finessing for an Overtrick Risking a Slam When to Play Safe Playing a Bad Contract Playing All Out Safety Plays Defensive Play Cashing Out 8. CONDUCTING A SMALL DUPLICATE Two Teams Three Teams Four Pairs Six Pairs INDEX

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