Good Splits And Bad Splits-Audio

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Approximate running time: 110 minutes.
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One of the key elements of good declarer play is creating extra winners by developing a long suit. I can't remember the number of times I have said in a class: "I never met a 5-card suit I didn't like." Even a super-weak side suit such as 6 5 4 3 2 has the potential to develop additional tricks in either suit contracts or notrump. Of course, unless partner has a lot of length and strength in this suit, you would very much prefer that you got a good split.
On the other hand, when asked what is the most annoying type of hand to declare, the first thing that comes to mind is "hands where you get a bad split in trump." With an 8-card trump fit, almost 1/3 of the time, an opponent will have at least four trump against you. Therefore, learning how to try to cope with that kind of bad split can allow you to bring home contracts that proved too difficult for others.
For each deal, Marty will explain exactly what you should think about and how you should decide the best way to proceed.
This includes:

  • How to overcome a bad trump split
  • The right time to take a safety play
  • When it is more helpful to count winners in a suit contract
  • What you must know about suit combinations
  • How to make a loser disappear
  • How to give yourself an extra chance
  • When should you play differently at matchpoints
  • How to take advantage of clues from the opponents' auction
  • When must you take a deep finesse
  • How YOU can learn to execute a Trump Coup

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