When planning the play, make sure of entries to the hand you’re developing tricks in, especially if it’s the weaker of the two hands.Read More
If you have been playing hands online, you may have noticed a few changes come into effect in the past couple of weeks. After months of work with our game developer, we have finally been able to upgrade the online game.Read More
Sometimes the suit you work on as declarer is determined by how much time you have to develop suits, and whether the opponents are able to set up their suit through promotion or length before you can. The “C” of the plan = Consider the order of play, is absolutely necessary on this month’s hand!Read More
It has been seventeen years (2002!) since I wrote my first bridge book, Play Bridge: A Workbook for the Absolute Beginner. It’s now in its fourth reprint, with more than 10,000 copies sold. In that time a lot has changed, including how we approach basic bidding and play. The newly updated edition of my beginners' book, Play Bridge 1, which reflects these changes, is now available for sale.Read More
Since the first edition of my book (2002), styles in teaching and presenting bridge to beginners have advanced, to appeal to people’s modern lives. So I have updated the book to reflect both these trends and what I have noticed in teaching students for more than 40 years.Read More
Considering the order of play is probably the most important part of the plan. On this hand, it matters plenty which move you make first. Have a good think about it, play the hand, and watch my review video. The hand’s from young Australian champion, Matt Smith.Read More
2NT by responder is the popular Jacoby convention, showing a game force raise, at least four trumps, and asks for more information in case slam is on.
There’s a lesson on Jacoby 2NT (Forcing Raises: Major Suit Raises) in my Online School, for Gold members.
There have been Christmas parties galore for the social members of my bridge club… First a magnificent lunch at Jo-Jo’s organised by the Maria Woodruff, who is the best at putting people together for a good time, and then on Friday 14th, a lovely break up lunch at Ruggers after the game.Read More
After Christmas comes the 12 days of Quizmas. From Boxing Day until January 6 we will be sharing a quiz question each day on Facebook for you to answer and go in the draw to win one of five 30-day Gold Memberships.Read More
My final bridge holiday for 2018 was at the beautiful Langham Hotel in Sydney - and what a marvellous week it was. The holiday was sold out, with people travelling from as far away as Western Australia and Tasmania.Read More
Joan Butts Bridge is an Australian-based business, but we have members from all around the world. To assist our US-based members, we can now offer Gold Memberships that are billed in US dollars.Read More