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Better Minor vs Short Club: Which One Is Better?

Better Minor vs Short Club: Which One Is Better?

When using 5 card Major “standard” or “natural” system, one of the classic debate is whether to use “better minor”(a.k.a convenient minor) or “short club”. Unfortunately some people use one or another not by choice, but just by default without knowing the reason of each choice. Let us take a look a bit deeper on this better minor vs short club system and then check whether what you have been using so far meet your expectation.

Bergen Raise Disaster: A Lesson Learnt

Bergen Raise Disaster: A Lesson Learnt

One of the popular (and terrific) convention that better player use is Bergen Raise. But like all others artificial bidding, because of its unnatural nature, the user need to be absolutely memorize it inside out or a disaster is waiting to happen. This is some of the lesson learnt from my own disasters.

So You Have A Fit: Make Sure Your Bid Can Communicate These 4 Types of Fit

With 13 cards on each suit, democratically you need to have at least 7 cards to claim “majority” on the suit (4-3, 5-2). But what consider “good fit” will be at least 8 cards fit (4-4, 5-3, 6-2). While of course the more card is  the better when declaring a suit contract, remember that , sometimes, having a double suits fit,  playing 4-4 fit as trump gives you more trick than even 5-4 or 5-3 fit as the 5-3/5-4 suit can be used for discarding losers (while 4-4 become trump). Then the important question. There are 4 important types of support, does your bidding system covers it ?

Directing Lead Double: Make Defense Easier

Directing Lead Double: Make Defense Easier

A “double” bid in bridge is a special bid with various use. You can use it for takeout or negative (asking partner to bid longest suit, basically), to penalize opponent to to resume disrupted bidding system (for example: DOPE/ROPE). On this article, we will see how it can be used for lead directing, to make the opening lead much more certain and easier.

Negative Double vs TakeOut Double: No more confusion

Negative Double vs TakeOut Double: No more confusion

Most bridge players play both takeout double and negative double on their system. Although very similar in principle, there are quite subtle different that we all should be aware. This differences might determine whether you miss a game or not.

5 Card Major (Heart/Spade) in 1NT Opening (Weak or Strong)?

One of the top question during establishing a bidding system is whether or not to open 1NT with 5 cards Major (Heart or Spade) 5-3-3-2. So, why or why not we should include 5 card major – balance into 1NT Opening. What’s the pluses and minuses… ? Let’s get started

The Advantages of Opening 1NT (No Trump): A Bridge Hidden Gem

Regardless of the flavor of 1NT opening that you and your partner chose (Weak No Trump 12-15hcp, Strong NT 16-18hcp or Mini NT 10-12hcp, with or without 5 card Major, etc), there are certain advantages that can make Opening 1 NT a hidden gem to advance your bridge experience.

Rebid: Longer Suit or Second suit?

Rebid: Longer Suit or Second suit?

The common problem during bidding when you have long suit (say 6+ cards) and 2nd suit (4+ cards) is whether to show the extra on the un-usually longer suit, or rebid the second suit. But what if you have the chance to show both with smarter bidding ?