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Board#13 20/03/2018

Game in NT or Major?

Bidding: North opens 1♣ – 1♠ – 2♦ – 3NT – all pass MrQ: Could South have bid 3♠ instead of 3NT to show 6 card spade suit, just in case there was a fit in spades? Guru: South’s 3NT bid is a terrible bid.

Board#3 20/03/2018

Too Fixated on Points

Bidding: West opens 1♥ – (X) – 2NT* – 3♦ – 3♥ – 4♥ – all pass (*Truscott) MrQ: Obviously I forgot we were playing Truscott and interpreted East’s 2NT as denying 4-card major and 11-12 points. I rebid diamonds to show 5 hearts. If

Board#24 22/03/2018

Disliking Hamilton

Bidding: East opens 1NT – (2D*) – all pass (*Hamilton showing 4+/4+ in majors) Guru: I have noted Board#24 where you might have done better in the bidding, do you have any ideas yourself about what went wrong and what should have happened? MrQ: I am starting

Board#12 22/03/2018

Weak Stayman as Better Option

Bidding: North opens 1NT – 2♦ – all pass Guru: I have noted Board#12 where you might have done better in the bidding, do you have any ideas yourself about what went wrong and what should have happened? MrQ: Weak takeout to diamonds (that’s what I

Board#10 27/03/2018

Sleepless Night

Bidding: S opens 1♥ – 1♠ – 3♥ – 3NT – 4♥ – all pass MrQ: I have not been sleeping all night because of this board especially because it was our last board of the evening and the result was miserable. I guess both

Bidding#15 13/03/2018

Another Sacrifice

MrQ: Should East raise it to 4♠ preemptively? Wouldn’t S bid to 5♦ anyway? You guys doubled 4♠, didn’t bid 5♦. Guru: Yes, East should bid 4♠ every time when West bids 3♠ and that is not necessarily preemptive since there is a TEN card

Bidding#6 13/03/2018

Just Suit Preference

MrQ: 2♥ bid just shows suit preference, might not even have support, South shouldn’t have invited even with void in spades, right? Guru: Indeed, a void in partner’s suit is usually a liability when they can only show preference for your suit. Should have been

Bidding#1 13/03/2018

(Would Be) Good Sacrifice

MrQ: Should North bid to 5♥ or South already had all the information from North showed by 2♥? South accepted 3♠ underbid to bid 4♥ to show that she is happy to bid up to 4♥. You guys bid to 5♥. Guru: Yes, 3♠ was

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