How's Your Defense?- Audio Lesson

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Approximate running time: 110 minutes.
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Here are some facts:
Every time I play duplicate bridge, the most prevalent theme in every session is - the defense is awful. An expert friend told me that when he declares a hand in a duplicate game, if the defenders present him with one undeserved trick, he is disappointed! He has come to expect at least two!!
Everyone knows (or should) that defense is the most difficult part of bridge. Accordingly, most players ignore the problem and hope that it will cure itself. They continue to trust their instincts, play a lot and hope for a miracle cure. Guess how that works out.
If instead, YOU are willing to take the time to learn more about defense, no one can guarantee that you'll become a terrific defender. But I bet that those who make an effort will be delighted when they see their opponents make fewer contracts and overtricks.
In this lesson, Marty will discuss:

  • How to exhibit detective skills that would impress Sherlock Holmes
  • The wondrous things you can accomplish when you count distribution
  • How to locate missing honors
  • How to resolve the critical question: Active vs. passive defense
  • How declarer's line of play can tell you how to defend
  • How to understand when it's right to shift to a trump
  • How you can cut the declarer's communication
  • What you must know about "alarm clock" leads
  • How declarer's line of play can enable you to locate missing honors
  • When is it 100% wrong to lead "thru strength and around to weakness"

As a bonus, Marty will also discuss some important bidding concepts:

  • What little-known bid will severely disrupt your opponents' auction
  • The real truth about a double of a 4&spades opening
  • When it is correct to double 3NT
  • The correct mindset when your opponent opens 2&clubs

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