Alan Caplan is a computer professional (M.S. (Eng. M.gmt.) who teaches English for his sins and plays and teaches Bridge passionately. He is a confirmed non-expert.
This time Alan recounts a side competition at the quarterfinal match of the Crime Writers Association annual knockout teams’ tournament. This match, between the star-studded pairs across the eight tables, was won by actor Robert Mitchum and sleuth Philip Marlowe of the Raymond Chandler team.More...
Alan Caplan explains what actually constitutes a bad break in bridge and how to make a trump coup. He says that in Bridge, like life, you get good breaks and bad breaks. Winners take advantage of the former and overcome the latter wherever possible.More...
Alan makes helpful suggestions of how to handle the bidding where a slam is by no means certain with a combined partnership holding of between 30 and 32 HCP. The art here is to treat the hands like two parts of a jigsaw puzzle and, through judicious bidding, explore how well they fit together.More...
Hey, what have we here! Miss Marple vs. Robert Mitchum, Agatha Christie against Mickey Spillane. Other players include Lauren Bacall, Raymond Chandler, Philip Marlowe and, of course, Hercule Poirot. Thrilling matches, well described and annotated – but to truly appreciate all this you must know a game called bridge.More...
In his article where he gives examples, Alan Caplan gives two general guiding principles: Avoid using the 2NT response bid showing support with a hand containing a singleton and avoid using limit bids – limit raises or NT - when there are good alternatives.More...
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