MrQ: I don’t think 2NT rebid from East was good. With this kind of bidding from opposition (who showed something like 18+ points – although you never know as you can see) I expected East to have pretty strong hand (17 or good 16) and
MrQ: Good result but the bidding was a bit awkward and … risky? I didn’t want to just rebid 2D as I felt I need to force my partner to bid again. I was hoping she would rebid spades to show me 5 of them.
There were some amazing deals this week and I have selected one that I will be featuring in the first chapter of my new series “Evil at the Bridge Table”. I will describe the play and then set you another problem to solve. Board 4
Bidding: S opens 1NT – West doubles – All Pass MrQ: This deal reminded me of similar situation I was in a few weeks back – not as a doubler but as the partner of the doubler sitting with 11 HCP balanced vul against non-vul.
MrQ: South’s negative double and then 2S bid confused me. I passed expecting South to have at least 5 spades. South expected me to bid again. Was 2S by South forcing for 1 round? What should the bidding look like here? Guru: South’s double followed by
My experience tells me that great defence will always win over good declarer play. But can great defence beat brilliant declarer play? That is the question. I give you this deal because on the surface it looks like great defence can defeat a very good
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)
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
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
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