Monday, May 9, 2011

Tips for Improving Your Game

Do you want to improve your game? Over the next few weeks, we will look at some ways to do just that. We will start with declarer play first.

1. Don't play to the first trick until you have made a plan. Take some time to think about the bidding and the opening lead. Determine what can you deduce from these two things.
2. For suit contracts, it is best to count your losers. Do you have too many? Make a plan as to how you can eliminate a loser or two by trumping in dummy or throwing losers off on long suits.
3. After drawing trump, attack you longest side suit first. You may have to give up a trick to develop more winners. Consider when you want to do this--early if you have control of the other suits--later if you think there is a chance of a favorable split.

Next week we will look at declarer play in no trump.

Tags: Tips, declarer play, suit contracts, Improving your game