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Board#18 19/04/2018

A Lolly Scramble

Why am I writing up board 18, the reader may be asking. After all, fewer than 40% of the players even bothered to bid on it, with five out of eight pairs at our club passing the hand out, what is there to talk about?

Let Me Ask You Some Questions

There has to be more to opening a weak 1NT than just that. You need to have some arrangement with partner about how to bid further if necessary. As well as that, what to do when an opponent bids over your 1NT opening. And, of

Bidding#24 06/04/2018

Forcing to Game

MrQ: 3♣ was actually Checkback Stayman and West should have responded 3♠ to show 5 spades (and lack of 4 hearts – as we play it) but East thought 3♣ is natural. Anyway Checkback Stayman would work here. But if we didn’t play Checkback Stayman

Board#23 06/04/2018

Transfers after 2NT

MrQ: This was opponents playing but they ended up in 4♥ with 5-2 fit. We concluded with my partner that in this situation (assuming that any response from North is showing 4/5+ points) South should have bid 3NT to show North that they have doubleton

Rigid Guidelines for eVil Twos

MrQ: Was it unreasonable to double 4♣? My thinking was: East showed me 9-11 points in diamonds and hearts so at least AQ or even AK in diamonds, even if AQ hoping K is in North’s hand to lead through it. 3 aces = 3

Board#3 04/04/2018

Simple Signalling

Contract: 4S by South; West to lead. MrQ: I led AK of hearts and my partner signalled 76. We play reverse attitude so I was expecting 6 and then 7 to encourage me to lead 3 round of hearts. Explanation from East was that it

Board#2 04/04/2018

2NT with 10 Points?

Bidding: West opens 1♠ – 2NT – 3♠ – all pass MrQ: We ended up in a good contract but shouldn’t East bid 2♣ rather than 2NT (with only 10 points)? I would rebid diamonds and most likely that’s where we would end up. Makeable

Board#8 05/04/2018

PB + PD = PR

Poor bidding and poor defence leads to poor results … in case you were wondering. Board 8 from Thursday 5/04/2018 Dealer W Nil Vul While I would expect that most Wests would open this 1C if playing Acol, there is no guarantee. North would probably

Board#6 29/03/2018

Free Gravis and for Nothing

Have you ever been dealt a hand with 28 high card points? I bet you haven’t – unless you were sitting South last Thursday. Such huge hands are not always that easy to bid, though. In fact they are notoriously difficult to bid to the

Bidding#5 20/03/2018

TNT Clarified

MrQ: Was there anything we could have done here? Like maybe East supporting spades with only 3 of them? Guru: Yes, as East I would have raised to 2♠ even though I might expect South to have four of them for the double. Depends on