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Board#8 11/10/2018

A Thorny Issue

Do you play splinters and/or cue bids, and if so, how? Last night provided a wonderful example of the use of the ‘splinter’ bid. Board 8 from Thursday 11/10/2018. Dealer W Nil Vul Take a look at the East hand. By itself, it is no

Board#22 04/10/2018

The Big Fizzer

Do you play “Michaels” and/or “Unusual No Trump”, and if so, HOW do you play them? When I glanced at the hand records while directing last night, and saw Board 22, I thought: “Wow, there will be some fireworks on this one”. But when I

Board#11 Paraparaumu Multigrade 2018

Would You Bid Grand Slam?

Bidding: South opens 1C – (1S) – 2H; 3C – 3S; 3NT – 4C; 5C – 6C; all pass MrQ: How would you bid this slam? Would you bid grand slam? Which one? North’s thinking was that after my 3NT we are in Game Force

Board#7 27/09/2018

Times of Reservation

Do you play the ‘Weak No Trump’? And if so, how weak? And how do you avoid the pitfalls? Board 7 from Thursday 27/09/20118 Dealer S All Vul Some of the less adventurous like to play a ‘variable’ 1NT according to vulnerability: 12-14 Not Vulnerable

Board#4 20/09/2018

Silence is Golden

Some points of interest from this fairly innocuous looking deal. They are worth discussing. Board 4 from Thursday 20/09/2018 Dealer W All Vul Firstly, would you open the West hand? I know a number of people did open 1C. I wouldn’t, it’s just asking for

Some Answers …

Let me now return to the readers’ problem set two weeks ago. No reader came up with all the answers I was hoping for, but let me answer my own questions first: Board 2 from Thursday 6/09/2018 What is East’s best opening lead against 4H

Bidding#18 11/09/2018

More Trust in Partner

MrQ: Maybe I shouldn’t double not being particularly strong but I thought that I am showing diamonds and partial support for hearts and asking West to bid again (any 2-level rebid was cool with me). 3C rebid showed me only 10-11 points with club support

Bidding#17 11/09/2018

No Need for 2 Stoppers

MrQ: Interesting 3NT bid from South with only 1 spade stopper over 2S weak overcall … anyway the moment West leads 5 of spades NS makes 5NT. Was it the best lead considering that South most likely showed 2 stoppers in spades? I think I

Board#13 PM Victoria Junior 2018

(Un)lucky Board#13

Bidding: North opens 1C – all pass MrQ: I passed North’s 1C which ended up to be 4 light and bottom board. Should I bid something/rescue thinking that we will eventually find a fit in a non-club suit? So bid 1S and rebid 2H and

Board#3 13/09/2018

Obvious Bid

Bidding: North opens 1H – 1S; 2C – 2D; 2H – all pass MrQ: Shouldn’t North bid 2S instead of 2H? When South rebids 2D (whether natural or forcing), South pretty much denies 3-card heart support so North knows that there is at most 5-2