The most common maneuvers during a bridge game

Bridge/Mental sports
Chandler Lee
The most common maneuvers during a bridge game
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Divided into two main parts, the game allows you to perform numerous maneuvers in the second game leading to winning the entire game. In today’s article, we explain what the most important bridge maneuvers are.

En passant

Otherwise known as the passant maneuver, it consists in playing a card with a lower trump than the opponent’s hand. The purpose of this maneuver is to deprive the opponent of a good trump card, leaving him with a weaker position.

Grosvenor’s Gambit

This psychological maneuver was first described in 1973 in the bridge monthly The Bridge World. The author of the article Frederick Turner created a fictional character of a player Philip Grosvenor, who pulls off this maneuver. The character begins to use it regularly, arousing anger among his opponents. His story ends with his tragic death, which he suffered as a result of a beating after one of the bridge tournaments. His tormentors had broken all of his fingers before inflicting the fatal blows. The maneuver itself involves misleading the opponent by committing an illogical move.

The result of the game does not change here, although the player using the gambit has a chance to upset the opponent, bring the rival out of balance and destroy his concentration. The Grosvenor strategy is executed by a player who gives his opponent a chance to get one or more left by making an incorrect move. If the opponent would like to take the opportunity, he would have to make a mistake on purpose, so in most cases he gives up and makes a correct move. A missed opportunity and a wrong move by the opponent can change his attitude and negatively affect his position in the game, which would be a success for the person performing the Grosvenor gambit.

Deschapelles maneuver

The strategy used for the first time in a bridge game by the French chess player A. L. H. Lebreton Deschapelles became world famous, which is why the maneuver was named after him. The controversial move involves sacrificing one’s own piece. The loss is supposed to lead the player to work out an access to the opponent’s hand and gain access to the same color that was previously lost. The move is derived from chess play, where a popular move is to deliberately lose one of your pawns in order to implement a broader, multi-step plan to achieve victory.

Intelligence game

A tactic that allows the entire game to be played accurately. The key to playing this maneuver correctly is concentration during betting time and a good memory. During the first part of the bridge game, the player must memorize the information heard and try to accurately reproduce the opposing players’ hand layout. Up to this point, his moves are not very intrusive and prolong the introduction of key plays. Only when he has the right knowledge, he can start attacking and play the most important flush.

Crocodile maneuver

One of the defensive moves in which a player plays a higher card than the required one, thus blocking his partner from taking a flush. The higher honor defends partner’s lower card and maintains the current state of play. The maneuver can be executed when both players have the same suit. Precisely executed tactics can prevent an opponent’s counterattack and consequently allow the entire game to continue.


A popular play is also called elimination, endplay or throw-in. The purpose of this maneuver is to force the opponent to run out of cards with which he can play a safe retreat. In this case, the defender is forced to play in a way that is favorable to the quarterback. By doing so, he lets it into his hand and loses the trumps, the opponent runs through the cards and wins the entire game.

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