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How to Save Trumps in the Dummy in Bridge

In a hand of bridge, your opponents watch you try to trump your losers in the dummy when you lead the dummy’s short suit, and they don’t like it. You’re trumping their tricks! But for every strategy in [more…]

How to Play Second Hand in Bridge

What should your strategy be for defending when you play second to a trick, or second hand? Whenever you play second hand, either the declarer or the dummy has led the suit initially. Your plays are governed [more…]

Bridge: Making an Opening Lead against a Trump Contract

Because you have the advantage of the opening lead in a bridge hand with a trump contract, you can map out your defensive strategy depending on the bidding and your hand. You have several options for opening [more…]

Bridge: Playing Third Hand against a Notrump Contract

Your partner makes an opening lead. The dummy comes down, the declarer plays a card from the dummy, and suddenly it’s your turn to play, making you third hand. [more…]

Bridge: Making the Opening Lead against a Notrump Contract

Your opening lead in a hand of bridge tells your partner quite a lot about what you have in the suit you’re leading. The information you relay in the opening lead, in turn, helps your partner plan the [more…]

Setting Up Your Chessboard

Setting up your chessboard is the first step in playing a game of chess. Take your time setting up the board, until you’re confident that you know where everything goes: [more…]

Knowing the Moves that Chess Pieces Can Make

Before you can play a game of chess, you need to know how to move the pieces (legally). A chess piece’s power is tied to its mobility. The more mobile a piece is, the more powerful it is: [more…]

Understanding Check, Checkmate, and Stalemate in Chess

In chess, check is an attack on an enemy king; this attack can’t be ignored. If the check can’t be neutralized, it is checkmate and the game is over. Stalemate [more…]

Naming Ranks and Files in Chess

The chessboard is divided into ranks (numbers) and files (letters). There are eight of each, and each is comprised of eight squares of equal size: [more…]

Chess For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Unless you have amazing powers of visualization, chess requires a chess set and a board for you to play on. The chessboard is divided up into sections called ranks and files, and the set is composed of [more…]

Keeping the Backgammon Match Equity Table Handy

A match equity table gives you the percentage chance of winning a backgammon match at any particular score. Here’s the table so you can have it to hand while you play. [more…]

Backgammon Starting Positions

Knowing the starting positions in backgammon is very important. Before you start playing the game in earnest, be sure to lay out your board like this. [more…]

Remembering the Dice Number-Rolling Odds in Backgammon

Knowing how many ways you can roll any specific number naturally (the roll contains the desired number) or in combination is very useful in backgammon. The following table shows the chances that a roll [more…]

Knowing the Outcomes of Rolling Two Dice in Backgammon

Rolling two dice together can produce a variety of outcomes for you when playing backgammon. The following table shows the odds available when you roll two dice. [more…]

Backgammon For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Backgammon is an exciting, tactical game. This Cheat Sheet gives you some of the essential info you’ll need on your way to becoming a master backgammon player. [more…]

Points Scored by Making Your Contract in Bridge

This handy table for bridge players shows how many points you score if you make your contract. Your bridge score depends upon which suit you end up in [more…]

The Four Phases of a Bridge Hand

Each hand of bridge is divided into four phases, which always occur in the same order: dealing, bidding for tricks, playing the hand, and scoring. [more…]

Bidding Tips for Winning Bridge Games

In bridge, bidding is considered the most important aspect of the game. It's a given that a good bidder equals a winning bridge player. Here are a few bidding tips to start you off: [more…]

Bridge Etiquette: Bidding Do's and Don'ts

In bridge, bidding is an exchange of information. During bidding, you're trying to telegraph details about your cards to your partner. Your first impulse may be to develop some special bidding conventions [more…]

Bridge For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Arguably, bridge is the greatest card game ever. It not only is a lifelong friend, it also enables you to make lifelong friends because it's a partnership game. From the four phases of playing a bridge [more…]

Tips for Solving Sudoku Puzzles

When you're working on a Sudoku puzzle you can throw vocabulary and factual knowledge out the window. Keys to solving Sudoku puzzles are logic and diligence along with these key strategies: [more…]

Tips for Solving Word Games

Whether you're a game novice or a puzzle pro, you like to challenge your brain with word games such as crosswords, word scrambles, and cryptograms. Keep the following tips in mind to help you solve them [more…]

Helpful Hints for Solving Crossword Puzzles

Crossword puzzles are just plain fun to solve, not to mention the great mental workout you get. If you're new to working crosswords, keep the following basic tips in mind: [more…]

Logic Puzzle and Riddle Hints

Logic puzzles can take a variety of forms - involving numbers, words, or images - and they can be very easy or very difficult to solve. You don't have to worry about how a logic puzzle is put together [more…]

Brain Game For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Word games are not only fun and challenging but great for improving brain function and reducing memory loss. If word games such as crossword, logic, riddle, and Sudoku puzzles are your thing, try some [more…]

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