Expert Hand Evaluation; Augie Boehm, September 2017,142 pp (paperback), $14.95

About the Author


If bidding were as simple as counting high-card points, most of us would have lost interest in bridge a long time ago. Appreciating the life-long challenge of a game immune to mastery, experts are always trying to hone their bidding judgment.

This book’s aim is to help you develop good bidding judgment by refining and improving your hand evaluation, which is the bedrock of good bidding. Learning the requirements for everyday sequences suffices to solve a great many situations — but often not when a borderline hand falls into the gray zone.

Then, it is important to understand what your hand is worth. And that’s the main point of Part I of this book. Part II explores using judgment for potentially problematic bidding sequences not neatly resolved by your bidding toolbox. Applying the hand-evaluation judgment learned in Part I will help you think outside the box.


Introduction: A Brief History of Hand Evaluation

PART I: Learning Judgment
1. The Ins and Outs
2. Location
3. Location, Location, Location!
4. Playing Strength
5. Little Engine and Big Engine
6. Promotions and Demotions
7. Splinters
8. Position
9. Sharing
10. Predict the Play
11. Helpful Opponents
12. Tricks, Not Points
13. Unescorted Royals
14. Context
15. Delayed Arrival
16. You Be the Judge
17. The Slam Zone
18. Slams Without Blackwood
19. Wild Distribution
20. Advanced Hand Evaluation
21. Hand Evaluation Test

PART II: Bidding Without Conventions
22. Mark-Time Preference
23. Structured Reverses
24. The Third Bid
25. Planning the Third Bid
26. The Fourth Bid
27. Concentration Calls
28. Anticipation
29. Flying Solo