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Bidding#18 06/03/2018

Useful Jump Shift from Responder

MrQ: I simply didn’t know how to show strength with my rebid. I guess what I should have done is jump shift (which we have not agreed with my partner on how we play it) to 2♠ on my first bid to show good 5+

Board#21 08/03/2018

Ruminating on Openings

Board 21 from Thursday 8/03/2018 Dealer N NS Vul Would you open the East hand a weak 2♠? Would you open it ONE spade? If East opened 2♠, what would you do as West? There were a number of different contracts, from 2♠ to 3♣

Bidding#17 27022018

Use TNT Rule while Competing

MrQ: Should/Could W compete to 4♦? Guru: Yes. Too big a fit not to bid 4♦ but doubling 3♥ is an option, with three certain tricks and the ♦A a possible but not certain trick. The Total Number of Tricks (TNT) Rule says ten trumps

Bidding#09 27022018

Overcall vs Double

MrQ: With my previous teacher I played defence to weak 2 – double with 16+, overcall with 11-15 and 5 card good suit. If I followed this, I would have just overcalled 3♥. I guess I got a bit scared to go to 3 level with

Bidding#01 27022018

Top of Doubleton Lead

MrQ: Seems a lot of things went wrong here. Should West double with this holding? East showed the other major rather than diamonds – again, misunderstanding how we play takeout doubles. ♠10 lead and ♠Q wining a trick (East thought South is sitting with AQ

Board#28 01/03/2018

Bashing to Slam

Bidding: N opened 1♥ – 2♦ – 2♠ – 3♦ – 4NT – 5♣ – 5♦ – all pass MrQ: I presume there are ways to show void in clubs and singleton in spades? You were in 6♦. Guru: Yes, we were in 6♦ but

Board#14 01/03/2018

More Unbid Slams

Bidding: N opened 1♥ – 2♣ – 3♥ – 3NT – all pass MrQ: Should North rebid something else instead of 3♥ to show strength and maybe investigate slam (you were in 6NT)? Why did South bid 3NT after 3♥ (showing 6+ hearts) not 4♥?

Board#13 27/02/2018

RKCB Confusion

MrQ: Shouldn’t West go through RKCB rather than bid 6♠ straight away? 3♥ shows only 15 points after 2♣ from West so we could be theoretically lacking 2 aces. Was 3♥ by East better than 3♠ (to show 6 spades) – with void in diamonds

Board#22 01/03/2018

Model of a Contested Auction

From Thursday 1/3/18. A number of quite amazing hands this week, I really don’t know which to report. We’ve had quite a few discussions on slams, so maybe this week we’ll talk about something different, a hand which was very competitive in nature and also

Extended Stayman

Bidding: E opens 1NT – 2♣ – 2♦ – 3♠ – 3NT – all pass MrQ: I know 3♠ from West was inviting not forcing (so East could have passed 3♠ with lower end of 1NT), but I really wanted to escape playing in NT. Is