by Gordon Bower
My articles can be broken down into 3 main categories:
- Hand of the Week posts:
- In years past, I wrote a weekly online "bridge column" for club-level players. The archived hands are still available here.
When I write up new hands, they won't be placed in the old HOTW archive, but in a new collection of columns. Stay tuned.
- Double dummy analysis articles:
- These are articles about refining one's bidding system with the help of computer simulation: identifying hands that are worth game tries, deciding whether it's better to just raise to 3NT or look for a major-suit game on the way, and so on. Bidding conventions and systems articles:
- This is a collection of bidding methods that my regular partners and I have developed. These fall into four sub-categories:
- Standalone conventions that I encourage you to add to your Standard American or 2/1-based system;
- Packages of tools that my regular partners and I have used, but which may not be quite so easy to graft onto your system one by one;
- Complete system frameworks, mostly build around a Polish 1♣ (forcing but not strong) opening; and
- Some teaching articles about bidding philosophy that I wrote mostly between 2002 and 2005. I don't promise I still agree with every word I wrote more than 10 years ago, but the archived articles are still available here.
- "Someday" I have some articles in preparation about opening leads and signaling methods, but I don't seem to have much time to write these days.