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Board#19PM Xmas Cheer 2018

Won’t Come Up for Another 10 Years

MrQ: Bidding was: 2C-2D-2H-4H-PASS. How would you bid it? Would you bid it to slam? If so, which one? With Evil bidding this would be: 1C-1D(0-5)-1H(20+)-1S(0-3)-2C(GF)-2D(utter crap: 0-1) or maybe 2S (five to jack and singleton club is worth more than utter crap) and then

Board#1 06/12/2018

Which Game to Play?

The very first board I looked at gave me food for thought. I have always avocated that a 5-3 major suit fit with game values should be preferred to 3NT. The problem is that not everyone has the ability to locate a 5-3 fit, nor

Board#7 29/11/2018

Too Many Choices: So Much Difficulty

For those readers who read the Special with the play problem: thank you for the many entries, it is clear that it is easier to do things ‘double dummy’ than at the table. The interesting thing about that particular deal is that the play at

Board#9 22/11/2018

Here Comes SUPERCLUB

This week I want to tell you about my new book. Today’s chosen deal is significant because it features one of the newer topics from the book, the “Superclub”. Board 9 from Thursday 20th Nov Dealer N EW Vul Playing basic Acol, North will open

Bidding#14 11/11/2018

Evil Bidding is Awesome

MrQ: Which slam and how to bid it here? I bid 4C (4th suit) hoping that East will go back to spades so that I can key card ask for king of spades but it didn’t happen. I had to choose between 6D, 6S and 6NT

Board#23 08/11/2018

Two Answers

Thanks to some input from readers, I can now answer the questions I asked last week: Board 8 from Thursday 8/11/2018 Q: If West opens 1C, how do so many EW pairs end up in 3NT and why? A: Some Wests, if they are playing

Board#22 07/11/2018

Not an Easy Slam to Bid

MrQ: Would you bid small slam in clubs? How? I guess after South’s 1C opening, North could go 3H (double jump shift) to show splinter (void or non-ace singleton and opening hand), but what should South bid then to show 1st round of control? Omit

Board#23 08/11/2018

Two Questions …

This week, instead of offering my opinion, I will reproduce two deals and ask some questions instead, and would be very interested to get some answers. Board 8 from Thursday 8/11/2018 Dealer W Nil Vul Q: If West opens 1C, how do so many EW

Board#15 01/11/2018

Modern Mainstream Bidding Techniques

If you look at the West hand in this deal, you will say that West has an opening bid and should open the bidding after South passes. I would certainly open, but would understand if the ‘losing trick’ exponents did not. I’m not one for