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Board#2 23/11/2018

A Special Poser for Christmas – Prize Included

A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Successful New Bridge Year to all readers. Here is a real life poser, one that occurred at all fifteen clubs taking part in the X-Clubs simultaneous deal. I have set it as a ‘double dummy’ problem. Board

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

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#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

Board#11 25/10/2018

It’s All In The Finesses

It is not always easy to find the best contract nor, it seems, to find the right play if this deal from last night’s play is anything to go by. Let’s take a look: Board 11 from Thursday 25/10/2018 Dealer S Nil Vul When South

Board#25 18/10/2018

Shill I, Shall I??

There are pros and cons in opening a weak 1NT as you can see when we look at the results on this board … Board 25 from Thursday 18/10/2018 Dealer N EW Vul Nearly every North opened 1NT and became declarer after three passes. Some

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#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