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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#10 03/05/2018

Who Dares Wins!

Do you go to the bridge club to compete, or just sit there and watch the opponents play the hand? This deal is a great one for those pairs who like to compete … even when they don’t have their normal requirement of high card

Board#9 26/04/2018

1NT Action at the Hutt

From Thursday 26/4/18. A very ordinary 1NT opening by North on the following deal, but it led to a number of different, some very strange, results. Board 9 Dealer N EW Vul If playing basic Acol or even Precision, every North would have opened this

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

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

Board#5 22/03/2018

A Bonus 4441 Hand

I just had to add this one to the previous article because it was another 4441 hand that was very badly handled by all those at the table: at least in most cases that was so. The deal also requires better declarer play and defence

Board#3 22/03/2018

That Old 4441 Syndrome

I wonder how many of the pairs that were overboard on this one tried to blame it on the “4441” syndrome? Amazing how many players find the 4441 hands difficult to bid to the optimum contract. Take a look at: Board 3 from Thursday 22/03/2018