Don’t let a lengthy opposing bidding sequence put you to sleep. The opponents’ detailed bidding gives you an opportunity to extract useful information. As defender or declarer, discipline yourself to assess the situation before playing to the first trick. The extra time you spend prior to trick one will be made up as the deal progresses. Because your plan provides clarity, your results will improve.
16. As a defender, analyze the following sequence:
a. What do you know about opener’s distribution?
b. How about responder’s distribution?
c. What is known of each player’s strength?
17. Sitting East you are defending 1NT.
Partner leads a fourth-best ♥2.
a. What is declarer’s exact distribution?
b. How many high-card points does declarer probably hold?
c. What’s your defensive plan?