I'm a beginner, and in an effort to improve my declarer play, I've been reading some book chapters & webpages about the best standard ways to play (without extra knowledge) certain card combinations.
e.g. KTxx opposite Qxx (and very, very many others).
I've a couple of questions:
Am I meant to be learning and memorising each specific combination, or am I meant to be just absorbing some general principles from studying all the different specific examples? Different books/webpages seem to begin with entirely different card combinations, so there doesn't seem to be an established 'order' in which to learn them? [In play at the table, I'm really only at the level of just beyond 'eight ever, nine never'].
Many sources just give (what they regard as) the 'best' play. But there's definite differences between some of them, and they very rarely give an idea of how much better / worse those plays are compared to others. To be honest, I'm not really yet worried about if a play is only 2% better than 'my' way - I first need to ensure I have mastered all the common plays that are 20% better than 'my' natural method.
I've found the website/app called 'Bridge CC Analyser' that appears brilliant at calculating precisely the best play for any specified card combination - and it also shows how much better it is that many alternative plays. Perfect, except for one thing. It only seems to explicitly show the play of the first card (and defenders' second position card options).
I need / want to know how the entire play is intended to move forward. Perhaps it's meant for people who only need a hint at the first card, and from then on can work out the subsequent plays - or is there something (a way of using it?) that I'm missing?
I'm especially keen to use it because - if I'm expected to 'learn' the best methods by rote, then I want to check that what I'm being told is definitely correct. As I've said, I've seen numerous examples of differing advice.
Thanks for any help people can give.