When The Timing Decides Everything

This hand is also from a Cayne match on BBO, it doesn't content great technological specialities, but it worth analysing the declarer play in terms of timing and I hope, lot of our advanced players will enjoy it also, not …

A 6NT Declarer Play Problem

It came a very interesting problem on a Cayne match in the BBO. This hand is perfect to let our brain working after the Christmas season. (don't forget to do your phisical training as well, after the cakes).…

A Wonderful 3NT Declarer Play Problem

We played this hand With Feri Zöld, my regular partner, against Jimmy Cayne and Dano Defalco. Feri played this hand wonderfully, I still decided to show this hand as a problem, because it worth wasting time to solve it. Let's …

Reverse Drury Convention

Reverse Drury convention is invented to show maximum hand with 3+ card fit with 2♣ bid as a passed hand, when partner opened 1 major in the 3rd or 4th position. Using Reverse Drury convention , we can stop many …

When The Royal Flush Is Losing

I am a very experienced poker player, still I couldn' imagine, that the day is coming, when a Royal Flush will be the reason of a big loss. Let's see, what had happened!…

Defensive Bidding Against Bergen and Jacoby Raise

It became very popular both the Bergen raises and the Jacoby game force raise via 2NT to 1 major openings. I suggest to play a strong defensive way against the "Weak Bergen" and against the "Strong Bergen" in vulnerable, and …

VS For Giving Slam Invit To 1NT-Stayman-2 Major response

Although it is a very common stuation, there are a lot of regular pairs are undiscussed in this situation.I would like to introduce a nice own solution, where we can give slam invit easily and without giving up important other …

The Last Chance

We played this hand in a Cayne match on BBO. It is a good example, that we have to think with the declarer's mind to have chance to defeat a contract. My partner was my regular partner, Ferenc Zöld, declarer …

An Interesting Elimination From Pula

We were in Pula for 5 days with Renate Hansen. It was a great experience as always, and we played a nice hand in the mix tournament, which can be very interesting to analyze.…

A Psychological Warfare From A Team Tournament

I played this hand against Miklós Dumbovich and Peter Talyigás in the Budapest Bridge Festival team tournament. Dumbovich was the doyen of the winner team in Lille, where the Hungarian senior team won the Olympyc games. Peter Talyigás is a …

A Nice Defence From Mautern, Austria

We played this hand against Nanev-Danailov, national players of  Bulgaria, my partner was G. Marjai from Hungary. We had a great run, and we won also in this match, thanks for the solid performance of the team. At the end …

2nd Transfer after Jacoby Transfer to 1NT opening

It is a very nice solution to play a second transfer after Jacoby transfer to 1 no trump opening. The idea is, that we bid the suit below our distribution, with either 5-4 game forcing hand or 5-5, at least …

A Big Fight Against Getting Tapped

We played this hand against Rohowski and Phelmy from Germany with Kelvin NG in a Cayne match. It is about a critical decision to try to make a doubled contract or trying to go one down safely instead of watching …

Pairs Tournament? Be Sharp!

We played this nice hand in a big pairs tournament with Gyuri Marjai, cooperating well so in the bidding phase as in the defense.

Let's see, what happened:…

When Every Card Matters

Renate Hansen invited us to play with her in Albena, Bulgaria, one of the most beautiful holiday centers in the world at the Black Sea.

I played with Jordan Gatchev, a very smart and likeable bulgarian player, and the faith …

The Technique Of The Master J.D.R. Collins

A friend of mine, and common partner of mine in the Cayne matches, David Carlisle sent me this story, from a friend, who is not with us anymore. So I am happy to introduce this hand with a special idea …

An Ace Outside IN A Weak Two Opening

There is a confrontation about allowing or not allowing outside Aces in a weak two opening. We had an interesting hand in the International Budapest Bridge Festivel Team tournament to have an argument.…

VS For A Change Of Opener’s Major Splinter Convention

After 1x-1major response, most of the pairs are playing so, that a double jump shift showes shortness in this suit, Splinter convention.

There is a possibility to change it to give more exact informations, but we have to jump differently …

A Well Planned Defence With Feri Zöld

We played this hand with Feri Zöld, many times Hungarian Champion, my former regular partner, against Cayne and Garozzo in a BBO Star match. Although we did well in this hand and during the whole match, at the end they …

When You Play, Play Hard!

We played this hand in a Cayne match on BBO. This hand is a story of profitable thinking and using your sources optimally. Even the best players are doing risk evaluating mistakes, and we have to be ready to punish …

A Little Bit Of Everything

My nephew, Attila Vikor was the declarer player in a BBO team match. Although the bidding was a little bit extravagant, the declarer play contented two beautiful steps, an end-play and a Guilmard Coup.…

The Road To A Grand Slam With A Void

This hand we played in a high level team match in Hungary, my partner was Laszlo Harangozo, a good player in a non regular partnership.

As a speciality, I would like to give back the way I was thinking about …

To Disturb Or Not To Disturb?

In this hand history, the hero was an opponent, Jimmy Cayne, who used my bid as key information to make a brilliant elimination play. Let's see, how is it happened?…

Killers Are Among Us!

This hand was played in a BBO Cayne star match. My partner was Kelvin NG from Singapore, West was Roland Rohowski, East was Matthias Felmy, both from Germany.…

VS for Asking Preferred Honors Via Grand Slam

This solution I invented for grand slam bidding sequences, hanging on the method, that after discovering our strength and keycards, we can discover special, preferred honors in partner's hand, which have main importance not only via grand slam, but also …

A Squeeze In Defensive Line

To make a squeeze in offensive line, it is also beautiful. To make it in the defensive line, is the essence of this game. Let's see, how it happened in a BBO Cayne match:…

VS for the 4NT Quantitative

The 4NT quantitative slam invitation bid is something every bridge player uses, but it's important to clear up a few things about this convention. Usually when the 3NT would have been a natural sign-off, the 4NT is a natural, non-forcing …

Trump Echo Convention

The Trump Echo convention is a very useful way of guiding our partner in certain ruffing situations: when declarer starts drawing trumps and it is likely that the lead was made from a short suit: singleton or doubleton. It is …

A Double Squeeze In Practice

Although a double squeeze is an expert technique, it comes pretty often automatically, as it happened in this hand in a pairs tournament.…

Being In A Constant Endplay

We played this hand in the BBO against Team Cayne with David Carlile from England. It was not the most exciting hand, the match brought more, than 160 IMPS in 28 hands, they won. But it was technically interesting, and …

VS “Slam Cuebid or Artificial Bid Doubled Situations”

It happens very often, that our slam cuebid or artificial bid gets a double. The best pairs should be discussed in this situation, in order to discover, weather we still can play slam, having 1st or 2nd round control in …

Fanni Convention In Practice

I played this hand with Dani Tubak, a good friend of mine, member of the Hungarian Junior Team, who did great job lectoring this homepage. We agreed to play Fanni convention to handle forcing and semiforcing situations. Fanni convention is …

Win Or Go Home

There are some hands, which seem to be impossible at the first site. This hand needed a lot of luck and calm overview, although the contract was pretty normal. Let's see, how it happened…

A Difficult Declarer Play

This hand is holding a rare problem of suit handling, which worth considering it in a complete article!…

Fork Convention To Artificial 2-suiter Overcalls

Fork Convention is invented to handle competive weak raise with 7-9 points and strong, game forcing raise hands together in a 2-way cuebid of their promised suit(s) to an artificial 2-suiter overcall, and giving exactly game invitational raise with simple

GUCI Convention

A small, but essential modification of the Lebensohl convention, applicable for the Fast or the Slow variation as well. If you're already familiar with Lebensohl, all you need to do is to remember that this is an acronym, which stands …

An Accidental Elimination

Normally the expert players are planning their most successful actions, like squeezes and eliminations. This hand was not planned, still worked perfectly:)…

2 Defensive Line Grand Slams in a Session!

We are waiting for years to have a defensive line grand slam.  And then, BBO created 2 cases in 10 hands. It worth examinating both of them in order to see, what kind of agreements we need to reach them …

Constellation Counting In Bridge

Even though the following article is about a very simple principle, using it well, can make a huge difference in competitive situations. Let's see, how it works!…

Making The (Almost) Impossible

This hand happened in a club tournament, when I played with a client. Most probably it is one of the strangest hands I have ever played 🙂…

VS for “When our cuebid in competition is doubled”

It happens very often, that we are strong in a competing situation, and we get doubled after our forcing cuebid or 4th suit forcing bid.

In order to function efficiently, a good partnership should be on common grounds in this …

The Greek’s Present

One of the many beauties of bridge, is that no matter how trivial a play seems to be, how uninteresting a hand looks like, it still might be the hand that gets you in the bulletin. This one is certainly …

VS For When Our Stayman Is Doubled

I invented this convention to be as exact as possible, in order to decide, how strong we are in ♣, even playing 2♣ redoubled, and to play some suit contracts from the right hand, in case of 1NT-P-2♣ double is …

The Good-bad Convention

The  Good-bad convention is invented to have multiple bidding possibility in the 2nd and 4th position in the competiting situations, when we opened in level 1, partner gave 1st level response, and RHO overcalls in level 2, above the suit …

Pairs Tournament? Carefully With Game Contracts!

In a team match, we have to bid lot more game contracts, than in pair tournaments, because the bonus is so high, that we have to try any normal option to bid it: mathematically we have to say every game …

VS Relay for 1Major-2Major Simple Raise

There is a number of conventions for these situations. We can play short suit game try, long suit game try, help bid - not necessarily showing length, but definitely not short in need of honors.

These conventions are declaring the …

VS to Strong 2NT Opening Part 1 – Introduction

My method is provided for 2NT as a (19+) 20-22 balanced or semi-balanced opening bid, that can contain positional weaker hands, especially in the 3rd and 4th position. In 6 parts, I would like to give a complete picture with …

A Nice Endplay Against Garozzo

I played this hand some days ago in a BBO Star match against Benito Garozzo and Doug Simpson, having more than 800 spectators.…

Don’t Double The Magician!

One of the best hands I have ever played, happened on this Sunday, I played on a BBO star match with Sam Cohen against Jimmy Cayne and Dano Defalco. It was a pretty exciting match, very tight, and we …

Two Over One, A New Suit Bid At The Two Level

Conventionally the two over one bids promise at least 10 high card points, declaring at least game-try strength on our side. They promise a subsequent bid from the responder, which means that "slow arrival" is the best approach for handling …

The King Is Dead

This hand was played in a National match between Finland and Hungary. I played a lot of interesting hands, but this is my favorite one for sure!…

Jacoby Transfer to 1NT Opening

Jacoby Transfer to hearts or spades was invented so that we can play responder's 5 card major suits from opener's hand. The idea is that responder bids the suit below his suit: 2 response shows 5+, and …

Loss Reduction

Sometimes the opponents are playing so well that we can only hope to reduce the loss we are just about to take.…

Cappelletti Convention

The Cappelletti convention is a very popular convention for interference over the opponent's 1 no trump opening. The convention's biggest advantage is that the double is used as penalty therefore making it effective against weak no trump openings too.…

Simple Overcall

The common way of playing a simple one level overcall is showing either good suit or good hand. Afterwards it starts constructive bidding on the defensive line. It is also an important goal to give guidance for the opening lead

Responses To A Simple Overcall

Competitive bidding agreements are often neglected by beginner players, and they focus more on partnership bidding. Although many competitive situation can be solved with natural approaches, as bridge auctions are rarely without interference nowdays, I strongly suggest to discuss these …

When Our 1NT Opening Is Doubled

A crucial, thus discussion-demanding situation is when our partner opens 1NT, and RHO doubles. If our 1NT opening is weaker than 15-17, then most opponents are playing penalty double. To avoid big minuses, we must have a good escape-system, while …

Forcing 1NT Convention

One of the side effects of playing 2 over 1 bids as game forcing, is that a lot hands have to be crammed into the 1NT response. This trade off will result in us profiting in the eased up 2 …

When To Open 1NT With a 5 Card Major Suit?

Modern 1NT openings can contain a 5 card major suits, but most expert players don't open every 5332 in the no trump range. If you ask them which hands are opened with 1NT and which should be opened 1M most …

3NT as Other Major Splinter

While 4♣ and 4 splinters after a one major opening are placed perfectly in our system it is crucial that 1♠-4 and 1-4♠ stay natural. We need responder to be able to show a weak hand …

2 Diamond Multicolor Response Over 1 Club Opening

Using 1♣-2 as multi color response with a constructive (5-9 HCP) 6 card major suit was only partly invented to be preemptive the opponents. A main reason for playing this convention is to position the contract in the openers …

Minor Stayman After 1NT Opening

Playing Jacoby transfers over the 1NT opening opens up the possibility to play the 2♠ for something special, so why not use it for hands we wouldn't be able to bid otherwise, like minor two-suiter hands.…

Rosenkrantz Redouble

Not having a conventional meaning for our redoubles is simply a waste in most situations. Probably the most famous redouble convention, the Rosenkrantz redouble, aims to solve situations where our 1M overcall is doubled.…

Reverse Flannery Convention

The Reverse Flannery convention was invented to solve the bidding problems when holding 5♠ and 4 opposite a 1 minor opener. …

Lavinthal Convention

If we think that partner has led a singleton and we gain the lead, then we return the suit to give him a ruff (providing he has trumps, i.e. not after trumps were drawn), partner's next problem is going to …

Scrambling Convention

Scrambling Convention is used to find a fit, when opponent's bid shows a preemptive fit and we seem to have a fit as well.…

Transfer in 1 Major Doubled Situation

A double over our 1 major opening rearranges our priorities during the bidding - we want to bid with weaker hands as well, but we want to bid games just as much as before. Thankfully the double gives us the …

Minor Transfer After 1NT Opening

Consider the following approach, what if we use 2♠ as a transfer to ♣ - 6+ cards, weak or GF+ hands, and 2NT as a transfer to ? This way we lose the possibility to bid 2NT as natural …

The Magic of MatchPoints – a Trump Control Defence

While playing MP a lot is riding on overtricks - taking one more trick than the average has a nice effect on your scorecard. While people tend to concentrate on their declarer play, there is just as much to gain …

Partner Is Not To Be Trusted

I know, I have on many occasion chosen a line of defense that didn't feel quite right just because partner's signals indicated to do so. There is a rational explanation why people might tend to do this, it's easier to …

Notable Bridge References on The Simpsons

Who could forget when Butters fails time after time to come up with an original idea the Simpsons haven't done before, only to realize that they have done literately everything. They even played bridge couple of times and joked about …

VS for Better Bergen

Although Marty Bergen did a genius job inventing "Bergen raises", and it is one of the most widely used conventions, there is a significant problem with the original Bergen raises. I would like to introduce one of the Vikor Solutions, …

When Our Jacoby Transfer Gets Doubled

It frequently happens that our Jacoby transfer gets doubled. Most players would treat this situation as if nothing happened and play system on. This might work if you're aiming for an easy solution, but good pairs should discuss this situation

Lebensohl and Its Variations

The Lebensohl Fast or Slow convention can be extremely useful in competitive situations, especially where the game contract is still available.…

Cooperating With a Mistake

Sometimes the only sure things is that such bidding sequence is impossible. What to do when partner is obviously trying to make up for a previous bid he made? For instance, I played with an advanced client in a club …

Key Questions Of The Declarer

When the bidding is over, after the opening lead, the dummy lays down its cards, and its the declarer's turn to play a card. But before the first card is played it's your duty to ask yourself these 4 crucial …