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Title:2012 Spingold Round of 16
Author:Ben Dickens
Summary:Here is an exciting hand from the round of 16. See how you do. The hand was rotated so declarer is South.
Updated:2015-12-20
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Title:Avoid Simple Mistakes #5
Author:Ben Dickens
Summary:Avoid simple mistakes will be a series of hands meant for Beginner up to Intermediate level. While it is true some advanced players will play too quickly and make the mistakes highlighted in this series to be avoided, advanced player will not find these hands challenging.

This hand presents a simple position with only one major decision to make.
Updated:2016-09-26
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Title:Avoid Simple Mistakes #6
Author:Ben Dickens
Summary:A simple hand where there are 100 points in quizes related to a single hand where the best line has to be picked. This would not be challenging for an advanced player. Saying that, this one is just slightly more complicated than the first five hands in this series.
Updated:2017-04-11
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Title:Avoid Simple Mistakes -- Hand Four
Author:Ben Dickens
Summary:Another hand in the series of simple mistakes to avoid. Again this is primarily a movie for beginners and intermediate players. The hand contains a single simple theme hand with just one major decision to make.
Updated:2016-01-24
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Title:Avoid Simple Mistakes -- Hand One
Author:Ben Dickens
Summary:Avoid simple mistakes will be a series of hands meant for Beginner up to Intermediate level. While it is true some advanced players will play too quickly and make the mistakes highlighted in this series to be avoided, advanced player will not find these hands challenging.

This hand presents a simple position with only one major decision to make.
Updated:2015-12-27
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Title:Avoid Simple Mistakes -- Hand Two
Author:Ben Dickens
Summary:A single themed hand that requires seeing the problem to the hand at trick one, and playing to take advantage of important clues from the bidding.
Updated:2015-12-27
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Title:Avoiding Simple Mistakes #3
Author:Ben Dickens
Summary:This is the third movie in the series Avoiding simple mistakes that is meant for Beginner up to Intermediate level players. While it is true some advanced players will play too quickly and perhaps occassionally make one of the mistakes highlighted in this series to be avoided, advanced player will not find these hands challenging.

This hand presents a simple position with only one or maybe two decision to make.
Updated:2018-08-01
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Title:Example Discovery Play
Author:Ben Dickens
Summary:A single hand played in slam.

This movie has voice commentary, in English. To follow along, make sure your sound is turned on, sit back and the movie will advance at the end of each frame automatically. Except for frames with questions, where you will need to follow the instructions on the screen.

The play in this hand deals with a discover play and hand counting, and is a subject suitable for intermediate players.
Updated:2012-11-26
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Title:Identifying Squeezes, Lesson 1 Part 1C
Author:Ben Dickens
Summary:This is the final installment of Part I on squeeze play.
It contains quiz hands 6-10 to practice what the material covered in part 1A.

This fiile contain a mixture of content with voice commentary and without. Those pages without voice commentary are meant to be studied. When you are happy with your analysis on the soundless pages, press the play button (the one to the right of the pause button) to move to the next content.

For best viewing results, switch your browser to view full screen (the F11 function key on many windows based devices).

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Updated:2017-12-23
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Title:Identifying Squeezes, Lesson 1, Part B
Author:Ben Dickens
Summary:This is the second part of the first lesson on identifying squeezes. It contains Quiz hands 1-5 to practice material coveredin part 1A.

NOTE: Parts B and C contain QUIZ hands to test material presented in this movie. You can also try out Lorne Russells electronic version of Clyde Love's classic Bridge Squeeze complete at the following web address. www.bridgesqueezescomplete.com


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Updated:2016-01-30
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Title:Identifying Squeezes, Lesson 2, Part B
Author:Ben Dickens
Summary:This Movie is the second half of the Lesson 2 of the Identifying squeezes, dealing with defects in "entry conditions" for simple squeezes. It contains Quiz Hands 3 to 10 dealing primarily with guard squeezes, entry-shifting squeezes and a clash squeeze.

The assumption is the viewer will be familiar with the material in Lesson 1 part A, and Lesson 2 part A.

If these first two movies seem to be useful to BBO users, the other movies in this series split into shorter versions similar to Lesson 1, parts A, B, C and Lesson 2 parts A and B will be publically posted. :

Other Identifying Squeeze Lesson topics are:
Lesson 3 When "Both is Defective:
Lesson 4 when "More on Both is Defective"
Lesson 5 when "Loser" is defective
Lesson 6 when "Upper" is defective and multiple defects
Lesson 7 more on entry defects (blocked entry conditions)

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Title:Identifying Squeezes: Lesson 1, part A
Author:Ben Dickens
Summary:The lesson begins by Illustrating the meaning of the acronym BLUE as it relates to squeezes using a series of simple finesse positions for illustrations. Then it uses these positions to highlight the "defect" approach used to help classify squeezes throughout this and other squeeze lessons.

NOTE: Parts B and C contain QUIZ hands to test material presented in this movie. You can also try out Lorne Russell's electronic version of Clyde Love's classic Bridge Squeeze complete at the following web address. www.bridgesqueezescomplete.com

Following that introduction,it identifies the "Basic Squeeze Ending", which is the easiest and most common of the four types of "simple squeezes". The Basic Squeeze ending, is one of two forms of simple squeezes often referred to as "automatic squeezes". Then it illustrates how changing the location of the entry between the two hands distinquishes between these two automoatic squeezes, and how such changing entry conditions give rise to the two other simple squeezes: The Vienna Coup, the "criss-cross squeeze", the (simple) trump squeeze, and the positional simple squeeze.

This fiile will contain a mixture of content with voice commentary and without. Those pages without voice commentary are meant to be studied. When you are happy with your analysis on the soundless pages, press the play button (the one to the right of the pause button) to move to the next content.

For best viewing results, switch your browser to view full screen (the F11 function key on many windows based devices).

Materialis expansion and improvement on old blog of miine that covers the same topics,see http://squeeze-analysis.blogspot.com/

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Updated:2016-01-30
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Title:Identifying Squeezes: Lesson 2, part A: Entry Defects
Author:Ben Dickens
Summary:This Lesson is divided into two parts. This part describes the methods to covers squeeze positions where the hand opposite the squeeze card lacks an entry in EITHER THREAT suit, or there is no secondary entry when one is needed to the hand with the squeeze card.. The remedies for this defect covered in this chapter are:
Guard Squeezes,
Entry-Shifting Trump Squeeze,
Clash Squeeze, and
Trump Clash Squeeze.

The assumption is that the reader is familiar with the material covered the Lesson 1 on Simple squeezes.

These lessons are best viewed in full screen mode.

NOTE: Parts B and C contain QUIZ hands to test material presented in this movie. You can also try out Lorne Russells electronic version of Clyde Love's classic Bridge Squeeze complete at the following web address. www.bridgesqueezescomplete.com

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Updated:2016-01-30
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Title:Introducing Ofidp, the worlds greatest bridge player
Author:Ben Dickens
Summary:This is a bridge article about an interesting deal as bid and played by the self-professed "Obviously Finest Individual Duplicate Player" (or Ofipd) in the world. Any similarity between Ofipd and other bridge players is purely coincidental.

Disclaimer: This is a fictional story and uses fictional characters, Any similarities between the players in this story and real people, either living or dead, is purely coincidental.
Updated:2015-12-25
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Title:Ofidp and Inverted Flannery
Author:Ben Dickens
Summary:Third in a series of articles about the "worlds best bridge players (self-professed)" and the abuse of a bridge convention. As always, the hand is real (played on BBO in a real match with over 100 kibitzers), the bidding and the story behind the hand is an entire work of fiction. There is no player on BBO named Ofipd, although there are dozens there from whom the personality of this hypothetical player could have been drawn. Any similarity to any single player, real or fictional is purely a coincidence.
Updated:2016-01-25
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Title:Ofipd's unique preempt style
Author:Ben Dickens
Summary:Second adventure of Ofipd, the self-professed world's greatest bridgeplayer. In this hand, he explains the sound logic (?) for his bidding to laydown grand slam, as well as his logic for his play. Normally he charges a large fee for his lesson, but you get to read this and his thoughts for free here.

Ofidp is a fictional character and any similarity between Ofipd and other bridge players real or imaginary is purely coincidental....
Updated:2015-12-30
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Title:Vulnerable stopper endplays
Author:Ben Dickens
Summary:This document contains a short review of basic elimination endplays followed by 12 hands where you need to find an endplay and two hands where you must defend to prevent an endplay.

The hands are accompanied by quizzes with a possible 200 points. Learn about elimination endplays and then test how much you absorbed!
Updated:2012-11-26
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Title:Tutorial: Creating BBO Bridge Movies
Author:Ben Dickens with assistance from Fred Gitelman
Summary:This tutorial is designed to demonstrate how the BBO's Movie Authoring software is used to create interactive bridge movies.

Highly recommended for all who are new to this software. Some useful tips are included to help improve your movie product.
Updated:2018-05-18
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