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Board#21 16/08/2018

Desperate Measures

When the pressure is on, are you capable of a) knowing when desperate measures are required and b) executing them? When North ended up in 4S and East led a low diamond, desperate measures were indeed required to bring the contract home. Board 21 from

Board#13b Hutt Junior 2018

Take That as a Warning!!!

MrQ: Shouldn’t East rebid 2D? 3D is game force showing 18/19 points so West needs to keep bidding to game … Guru: Precisely, East’s bid is 2D and West should then bid 2S. I have said this before and will say it  again: when partner

Board#17 Hutt Junior 2018

Too Aggressive?

MrQ: Too aggressive bidding from West? Guru: Not at all. Stupid bidding by South. West should always go to 5 of a minor if NS are to be believed, but if East believes that NS are clueless (why bid a FORCING 3S) then East should

Board#20 Hutt Junior 2018

Yes to Both Questions

MrQ: Should East bid 4S straightaway knowing that NS has game values? Would you open 1S here, not 2S? Guru: Yes, to both questions. East should definitely bid 4S, knowing that NS have the values not EW but EW have a big fit. West should

Board#14 Hutt Junior 2018

Where on Earth ??!

MrQ: Should East just rebid 2D? 3D is game force and showing more like 18/19 points so West is pushed to bid 4D. Guru: Where on earth did East’s 3D come from? A simple reverse to 2D should be enough to interest West who of

Board#13 Hutt Junior 2018

Michaels with East Hand

MrQ: Looks like very poor bidding from both East and West. Should East double or overcall with one of the major or maybe jump cue bid 3C showing extra strength (we don’t play Jumping Michaels but looks like good idea here)? West then simply bids

Board#16 09/08/2018

Vil Returns …

No matter how often I write about it, things don’t change much when players encounter competitive hands. This one should have been bid to 4H one way and at least 4S the other but, at the Hutt club, only about half the field bid to

Board#3 13/07/2018

One’s OK … Two’s Not

I suppose there’s a hard luck story (of sorts!) in this week’s feature hand. You see, 4H or 4S can be made EW. But one pair NS were smart enough to recognise the potential of a non vulnerable vs vulnerable sacrifice and bid 5C which

Board#3 05/07/2018

Comedies A-Plenty

I don’t like to rabbit on about how terrible the bidding can be when a very basic system is being played, but sadly, it happens all the time. Sometimes it results in disaster when you have competent opponents, sometimes you can get lucky and be

A Reasoned Lead

You have no doubt been taught that you should look for a 4-4 major suit fit when partner opens 1NT and you have the values for game. Our opponents bid this hand on that premise and ended up in 4H by East. These were the