Adam explains how each type of scoring is calculated with examples. How does this affect our strategy?
At the table, we often come across hands where the Declarer has all but one trick that she needs for her contract. There are many ways to look for that extra trick, some more technical and others, less so, however, the best way to go about it is to maintain a basic discipline.
Responder’s 1NT, often called the “Dustbin 1NT”, often causes confusion in bridge learners. Many people remember the bid to mean “6-9 HCP”, “no fit in Partner’s suit” or “any old rubbish”. The truth is that these are all part of the answer: but not the whole answer! The bid should not be thought of in terms of what it shows but what it denies. It simply means “I couldn’t do anything else”. No wonder it’s so difficult to get your head around!