October 19, 2020

Here is a hand which demonstrates why you have to think carefully before making the "obvious" lead.

My partner and I alight in the standard contract of 4H and North leads his singleton diamond. Since we have bid and agreed this suit, either North is someone with the IQ...

October 11, 2020

How, one of my advanced students asked me, might E/W reach a spade slam?

When West opened 4S, East must have been tempted to bid on, but I agree with her that pass will probably prove right most of the time. A 4S opening bid could easily just be eight spades headed by K...

September 16, 2020

One of my students sent me this hand from a recent online Pairs event.

You are vulnerable against non-vulnerable opponents and there are two passes to you. What do you open?

The danger of opening 1D which, technically, seems the correct bid, is that your opponents might...

August 24, 2020

Opposed to being downhearted, the English Bridge Union decided to take advantage of lockdown to launch a new Teams event for players who are members of the English Bridge Union, but who have some kind of affiliation to another country.

One of my advanced students asked...

July 22, 2020

Online bridge is incredible.

As well as being able to play bridge with your friends anywhere in the world, compete with your usual partner in your home club duplicates, or enter a competition against players you have never met, you can also play set hands, establish a c...

July 1, 2020

Take a look at this hand.

West opens 1S, North passes, East bids 2S. South overcalls 3H and North raises to 4H.

West leads 5s - as declarer, what is your plan?

West's lead is very revealing. She does not have two touching spade honours. If she had, she would definitely ha...

June 11, 2020

Paul (and Daisy) announce that the online bridge classes will continue throughout the summer months.

Each Monday, registered students receive the mail-shot outlining the classes for the week ahead - any changes to the schedule will be shown there.

Come the autumn, in th...

May 27, 2020

Notes from all classes in the preceding 7 days are now available by clicking on the document icon, located on the right hand side of this front page,

under Download Notes.

If you are unable to download notes from the chat box at the end of the lesson, or you miss a class...

May 19, 2020

Paul Mendelson's online classes are now well-established, offering Intermediate, Advanced, Social and Duplicate coaching on different days and at varying times. Students have joined us from the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, South Africa, Turkey, Singa...

May 15, 2020

When you respond 1NT to your partner's 1H or 1S opening bid, you will usually be denying 3-card support. You may even be void in your partner's suit, but not strong enough to change the suit at the 2-level (for which, with a void in your partner's suit, you require 10p...

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