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Board#6 02/09/2018

Double Twice is The Answer

Bidding: East opens 1D – 1S – (X); 3S – ALL PASS MrQ: I guess North had 3 options after 3S: PASS, X, 4H. Which one do you think is the most reasonable? I think I would double for takeout (having all other suits covered)

Board#18 02/09/2018

… or Hoping to Make

Bidding: East opens weak 2H – (2S) – 4H – (PASS); PASS – (4S) – ALL PASS MrQ: Should South just pass 4H instead of bidding 4S? You never know what 4H raise after 2H is? Could be constructive, could be pre-emptive. My logic was

Board#26 30/08/2018

More About The Egg …

I guess I could say I have written this “extra” ‘due to public demand’. I have been chastised for being so uncomplimentary about South’s defence, and I have also been asked by a couple of readers just what the proper defence should have been and

Board#26 30/08/2018

A Taste of Egg …

It took me until the very last board of the session to get egg all over my face. Let me tell you how it came about. Sometimes the worst defence in the world can get you the best results and so it was for our

Board#9 23/08/2018

Horses for Courses

For some hands, some systems are better than others. The following is a clear illustration of that. If you adhere strictly to what you have been taught, then only a “Big Club’ system like Precision will get you to 4H on the NS hands. Many

Board#8 Karori Social 18/08/2018

Was It a Psychic Bid?

MrQ: Could NS argue that West’s 1H was a psychic bid? Only 6 points but theoretically 6 losers (2 in each present suit if you count it the easy way). They did not end up in game because of aggressive (and deceiving?) bidding from West

Board#21 16/08/2018

Desperate Measures

When the pressure is on, are you capable of a) knowing when desperate measures are required and b) executing them? When North ended up in 4S and East led a low diamond, desperate measures were indeed required to bring the contract home. Board 21 from

Board#13b Hutt Junior 2018

Take That as a Warning!!!

MrQ: Shouldn’t East rebid 2D? 3D is game force showing 18/19 points so West needs to keep bidding to game … Guru: Precisely, East’s bid is 2D and West should then bid 2S. I have said this before and will say it  again: when partner

Board#17 Hutt Junior 2018

Too Aggressive?

MrQ: Too aggressive bidding from West? Guru: Not at all. Stupid bidding by South. West should always go to 5 of a minor if NS are to be believed, but if East believes that NS are clueless (why bid a FORCING 3S) then East should

Board#20 Hutt Junior 2018

Yes to Both Questions

MrQ: Should East bid 4S straightaway knowing that NS has game values? Would you open 1S here, not 2S? Guru: Yes, to both questions. East should definitely bid 4S, knowing that NS have the values not EW but EW have a big fit. West should