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Updated 17th September  2017

 
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BOLS EXPERT TIPS

from 1974 - 1994 the world's experts submitted expert tips

to BOLS the Dutch Distillers and each year a panel of eminent IBPA

members voted on the very best of these tips. They can now be viewed courtesy of the IBPA

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TIP

 

Jean Besse Beware of your trump tricks. When you see a chance for an early overruff, donít be in too much of a hurry to take it.  
 

Dorothy Hayden

 

Against no-trumps, defenderís first spot card, unless it is essential to give the count, should indicate attitude the opening leader's suit.

 

Gabriel Chagas

 

When you have to develop a shaky suit, consider whether you can prepare for an intra-finesse by ducking with an 8 or a 9 on the first round.  

 

Benito Garozzo

 

Games may be quietly defended but slams must be attacked

 

Charles Goren

 

If you arenít sure how to continue after you win a trick, you should consider ducking it

 

Robert Hamman

 

If you ever to amount to anything at this game, you must build up a picture of the unseen hands. The idea is to know what the problem is before you try to solve it

 

Patrick Jourdain

 

With eight winners and five losers in three no-trumps ,play off your long suit early

 

Mike Lawrence

 

Ecstasy   anytime you feel yourself succumbing to an emotion, whether sadness, depression, irritation, comfort, elation, or ecstasy, you should fight it off. stop and pay attention.

  Ed Manfield  

Over 5 ?  Think twice before you bid over five: the five level belongs to the opponents

  Per-Olov Sundelin  

If you canít see yourself beating the contract by winning the trick, duck it Ė even at the cost of a trick.

  Pietro Forquet  

Count the opponentsí hands Ė but when you have counted them, play intelligently.

  Harold Schogger  

Don't open another suit

  Schmuel Lev  

When you have a holding such as a-q or a-j in the suit led by partner, do not automatically play third hand high

  Zia Mahmood  

Roll over Houdini,  when they don't cover  they don't have it

   

Pietro Forquet

Always be Ready to Change your Plan
   

Dick Cummings

 

Avoiding the Gong

   

Larry Cohen

Eight never - nine ever
     
  Dirk Schroeder Use the space
  Anna Valenti Donít rush to draw trumps. On some hands you may be able to draw them successfully; on others, even if you can draw them, you will be left with too few tricks.
  Howard Schenken When on defence in third position, cultivate the habit of  playing slowly to the first trick
 

 

Aavo Heinlo 

Let the opponents tell the story
   

Mark Horton

Don't be Afraid to respond
   

Jon Baldursson

Don't be a pleasant opponent, Bid
   

Zia Mahmood

The Panther Double
   

Paul Marston

Take the Hint
   

Marijke van der Pas

Play the Hand Yourself
  Bep Vriend Bid More with a Clean hand, Don't get busy if you have Minus Points
  Jeremy Flint Don't Cry Before you are hurt - When you are outgunned don't let your opponents know
  George Havas Falsies
   

Eric Kokish

Make the Ďone for the road' a double 
   

Patrick Jourdain

Consider the Discard
   

Terence Reese

Careless Talk Costs Lives
   

Rixi Markus

Keep It Simple
   

Svend Novrup

Search for the Eggs of Columbus
   

Anton Maas

Reversed splinter bids
   

Terence  Reese

The discard tells the story
   

George Rosenkranz

Direct the Opening Lead during the Auction
   

Sandry Landy

Trump Leads
   

Derek Rimington

When leading a trump always choose the lowest card
   

Tim Seres

Give Declarer Enough Rope
   

Andy Robson

Play a Pre-emptor who leads his suit for a singleton trump
   

Sally Brock

Conceal the Queen of Trumps
   

Steen Moller

Discovering Distribution
   

Jeremy Flint

Consider Whether to Lead an Honour
   

David Birman

Suit Preference on Opening Lead
   

David Bird

Not Obliged to Say  Anything
   

Hugh Kelsey

Guard Your Honour
   

Derek Rimington

The King Lives, Long Live the King
   

Rixi Markus

 Consider leading Low from a Doubleton Honour
   

Pierre Jaiis

Extend Your Distributional Signals
   

Jose le Dentu

Tip for the Pip
   

Barry Westra

Don't Follow partner's signals blindly
   

Matthew Granovetter

Picture the Original Shape
   

Jean Besse

Don't Play an Idle Card Thoughtlessly
   

Barry Rigal

Defenselectivity
   

Clement Wong

Hide and Seek
   

Terence Reese

Unfriendly Play
   

Tony Priday

Practice the Art of Camouflage
   

Eric Rodwell

Danger Hand High
   

Alfred Sheinwold

Don't Think !
 

Qi Zhou

Play your honour early if its of no use
   

Michel Lebel

Duck when you don't have the Ace
   

Giorgio Belladona

 Hold Up the Ace of Trumps
   

Jeff Rubens

Honour Thy Partner
   

Anders Brunzell

Don't relax when Dummy is Strong
 

Israel Erdenbaum

Never Play your lowest card first
 

Billy Eisenberg

Play Low from Dummy
 

Max Rebattu

The high cards will be with the Length
 

Terence Reese

Fear The Worst
 

Tony Forrester

The Power of the Closed Hand
 

Eric Kokish

The Simplest Gifts are often the  Best
 

Derek Rimington

Play Trumps Fluently
 

Eric Crowhurst 

Second Hand Problems
 

Villy Dam

Do Their Thinking
 

Chip Martel

Play with all 52 cards
 

Sandry Landy

Remember what they didn't bid
 

Phillip Alder

Don't be impulsive consider the Alternatives
 

Gabriel Chagas

The Value of the small cards
 

Jim Jacoby

Save the Deuce
 

Terence Reese

See round corners
 

Bobby Wolf

Your Tempo is showing
 

Jean-Paul Meyer

Build your own algorithm
 

Joyce Nicholson

Move an Important card
 

Toine van Hoof

Shuffle your cards
 

Gabriel Chagas

Don't spoil your partner's brilliancy
 

Matthew Granovetter

Keep your guesses to yourself
 

Jens Auken

The Kill Point
 

Jim Jacoby

Beware bridge players bearing gifts
 

Bernard  Marcoux

Imagine and capitalize
 

Robert Hamman

When in Rome 
 

Id Lundby

Bridge is only a Game - have fun playing it
 

Kitty Munson

The Trappist Rule
 

David Porris

Don't walk the plank

 

   
 

 

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