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Board#6 14/06/2018

Custard pie, anyone?

Bridge isn’t just about getting the bidding right, though it does help. I find that defence is often pretty well non existent, and declarer play leaves much to be desired. Often, when a declarer gets a bad contract to play or finds bad breaks, panic

Board#14 07/06/2018

Knife-Edge Decisions

In match point play you have to be prepared to compete, but at the same time not overdo it. Here is a good example: Board 14 from Thursday 7/06/2018. Dealer E Nil Vul After two passes, West has a reasonable third in hand opening bid: 1D.

Board#1 31/05/2018

No Need to Bid Slams …

Declarer play can often give you an easy 70-80% on a board even when you have failed to bid to the maximum. I have often said that you don’t need to bid slams as long as you can make twelve tricks when other declarers can’t,

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Another Trick

You might be interested in the attached story. I could call it “How to lose at Rubber Bridge”. Some of you will be taking part in the Rubber Bridge NZ wide competition but even if not you may be interested in this story. It will

A Joy Forever

This deal makes for a story of great beauty. Board 19 from Thursday 25/05/2018 Dealer S EW Vul We played a Howell movement which I, personally, dislike intensely. But here we were, like it or not. When we came to my wife’s table and sat

Board#16 17/05/2018

How Can You Argue With Success?

Another weak 1NT opening but I wonder how many people know what they could, or should, do. I would think that most Wests opened 1NT and most Norths doubled. Most Easts would then bid 2C which should be a weak takeout and not Stayman. Most

Board#18 04/05/2018

Bidding Went Wrong on the 2nd Bid

MrQ: Simple question: how to bid to 7♠? After 6♥ from East, I know that we have all the aces and all the kings but I am thinking that we only have 8-card fit in spades because my partner supported my spades to 4♠ only

Board#9 04/05/2018

Double Should Occur in Any System

MrQ: Is there a way to bid this to 4♠ not opening 5-card spade? At the other table opposition bid 4♠ – they were playing Standard American so was easier for them as 1♠ showed 5 of them straight away. Guru: Shouldn’t be a problem.

Pass and Hope for the Best

MrQ: Seems like West should have opened 4♥ straight away. Anyway he opened 3♥, shouldn’t North first double and then (after 3♠ from South) bid 4♦ (showing 16+) which South would then raise to 5♦? What if West opened 4♥ – what should North bid?