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Drawing Trump: All Some or None?

Drawing Trumps: All Some or None?

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Learn when to draw trumps and when to delay drawing trumps.

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An exciting and new audio-visual and interactive teaching method from Marty Bergen.

Marty's audio visual format significantly enhances your learning experience:

  • The combination of voice and visual effects makes it easier to understand what Marty is teaching.
  • The lesson is interactive, so students "learn by doing."
  • You can proceed at your own pace.
  • You can play and replay all or some of the lesson whenever you choose as many times as you like.
  • The lesson includes a written easy to read transcript for you to study.
  • The lesson contains several hours of extensive material.
  • The lesson is designed to work on most popular computers and browsers, including Windows, Mac, and iPad.

Approximate running time of this lesson: 110 minutes.

In this lesson:

On this topic, there is a huge difference between the typical player and the more accomplished player.  Most players can't wait to draw trump first. They will never forget the time that they didn't draw trump,  and went down because one of their winners got ruffed.  They are determined to never have that happen again. Until the opponents trump are gone, they worry that something will go wrong.

However, that is not the expert mindset. Experts appreciate that it is usually wrong to draw trump first.  Why is that?  On the great majority of hands,  there is a good reason why drawing trump must be postponed.

For each deal, Marty will explain exactly what you should think about to make this often-crucial decision:

  • When it is more helpful to count winners in a suit contract
  • When you should play differently at matchpoints
  • How to avoid a losing finesse
  • How to make the most of 5-card suits
  • How to maximize your entries
  • The right time to lose your losers
  • The right time to take a safety play
  • How to set up an endplay

Here is an example of what Marty will discuss:

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♣ J102
♠ KQJ5
♣ AQ

South is the declarer in 4♠. West leads the Q. How would you play?

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♣ J102
♠ 9
♣ K986
♠ A2
♣ 7543
♠ KQJ5
♣ AQ

Contract: 4♠ by South
Opening Lead: Q

4♠ is an excellent contract.  But, after West's heart lead, you're concerned about losing a trick in each suit.  There's no way to avoid losing a diamond and a spade, so you must limit your losers in the other suits to one.  Obviously, if East has the ♣K, anyone can make the hand by taking the finesse.

The solution to this hand is dummy's ♣J.  Although jacks are often worthless honors, this one meshes beautifully with your ♣AQ.

You must preserve dummy's K, so win the opening lead with your A.

Do NOT lead a trump.  Because you are in a hurry to set up dummy's ♣J,  you must not waste time by leading trump.

Cash the ♣A, and lead the ♣Q. Later, you'll lead to the K, and discard your heart loser on the ♣J.

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