Bridge is not only bidding and playing the hand. It is also Defense:
the Declarer from making the contract. Without doubt, it is the most
part of Bridge. Bidding or playing the hand can be learned in a few
(or a decade or two). But super Defense can take a lifetime (or
on one’s age several lifetimes) to master.
Unlike the Declarer, the Defender is playing only13 cards. Partnership communication and cooperation is crucial. This is what makes Defense so challenging.
Also note that 50% of the time your are on Defense; 25% Declarer; and 25% Dummy. So if you played Bridge for 4 years, then 2 years you are defending; 1 year playing the hand; and 1 year dummy. The year that you are Dummy you can take a long vacation, write a book or watch daytime TV.
|OPENING LEAD STRATEGIES|
Oh. . . pening lead.
Opening Lead can often make or brake a contract. So its important to
off to a good start. Even though Opening Leads might seem like a
shot in the dark, (See OPENING
there should be a message for partner behind every lead.
The more information you and your partner know about the each others’ hands and consequently Declarer’s, the better the Defense. So whenever possible send information to your partner. Good communication makes for good Defense. Listen to the bidding for Opening Lead clues. A good Opening Leader is a good listener. (see MORE OPENING LEADS)
SHORT SUIT LEADS
see TEST XI
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