Michael Lawrence in Play

A Safety Play

South got shoved around a bit in the bidding and arrived at a good slam in spite of it. How can he overcome the known terrible split in his side suit?

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Michael Lawrence in Play

An Odd Event

West had nothing good to do and led the heart queen taken by dummy’s king. I doubt that the result of this lead was anticipated by anyone at the table.

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Michael Lawrence in Play

An Unusual Suit Combination

He chose to work on spades because they were stronger than the clubs. South, therefore, won the heart lead and played ace and another spade. West played low and declarer played the jack losing to the queen. The heart return was won in dummy and another spade played in hopes they were3-3.

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Michael Lawrence in Play

A Story Hand Number One

After North opened the bidding with one club, the aggressive East-West bidding pushed North-South to a game they might not have bid.

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Michael Lawrence in Play

Take Your Only Chance

When West found the killing diamond lead, South no longer had time to set up the clubs. Fortunately, South had one last chance.

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Michael Lawrence in Play

What is the value of a fourth trump? Article One

By Mike Lawrence When you are evaluating a hand for play in a suit contract, you routinely add your high cards and your distribution. Then you make some adjustments. You deduct something if you have a balanced hand. You adjust your estimate for high cards in the suits the opponents are bidding. And, you adjust […]

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Michael Lawrence in Bidding, Play

Collecting and Using Information

Both South and North had choices in the auction. South had to choose between one notrump and a raise to two diamonds. South should not be too quick to bid notrump. Many players overlook raising a minor suit and often pay a price for it.

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Michael Lawrence in Play

Cautious Play

It amazes me how often someone runs into some bad luck and gives up. Bad luck may be fatal, but not so often that a little thought won’t find a cure. Have you ever said something like “I can’t eat my club loser. Down one?”

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Michael Lawrence in Play

Careful Declarer

One mark of an expert is that he sees problems before they become problems.
The auction was rather hectic which is usually the case when someone has a long suit and the vulnerability is favorable.

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