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About the Lessons

Advanced Bridge Lessons by Richard Pavlicek are arranged in four categories (partnership bidding, competitive bidding, declarer play and defensive play) though some overlap exists. Lessons may be studied in any order (each lesson more or less stands alone), but the listed order within categories is best.

Bidding lessons are based on Standard American, which includes strong notrumps (15-17), five-card majors, weak two-bids and a strong artificial 2 C bid. Essential conventions (Stayman, Blackwood, negative doubles, etc.) are included, however, emphasis is on general principles and tactics — not a lot of conventions. Most instructive points would apply to any system, provided appropriate adjustments (point count, suit lengths, etc.) are made.

Play lessons are more universal, as card-play principles are independent of bidding system. The only nonuniformity might be in the area of defensive carding. These lessons follow standard American practice of fourth-best leads, king from ace-king, top of other honor sequences, and right-side-up signals. Those who use different carding would require occasional adjustments.


Each lesson is followed by topical exercises (E1, E2, etc.) to test your understandings. Best way to work them is to jot down your answers on a piece of paper, then compare them to Richard’s answers at the end of the exercise. When your answer differs, it may help to reconsider the problem and/or reread the lesson to figure out why.

Practice Deals

Each lesson has practice deal sets (P1, P2, etc.) to reinforce the material. Each set has four deals (dealer and vulnerability match boards 1-4) with each player declaring once. These can be played if you have four people, laid out with a deck of cards to study, or browsed on-screen. Recommended bidding and play are shown, with key plays indicated by an exclamation point.


© 2013 Richard Pavlicek