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Board#8 15/04/2018

If Only We Played Evil Twos …

Bidding: West opened 1NT – all pass. MrQ: Because we play Hamilton we couldn’t do anything here. If we played Evil 2s South could have overcalled 2♦ showing diamonds and hearts. What should North do then? Fix it to 2♥ following the logic: we have

Bidding#7 15/04/2018

Diagnosed Singleton Spade

MrQ: Maybe not entirely strong enough to bid 2♥ if I followed the Rule of 2,3,4 … should North just bid 4♥ straight away? Guru: If you’re playing ordinary weak twos South’s opening is perfectly OK. When EW bid to 3S I think North should bid

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#22 15/04/2018

Clear Cut at Teams

  Bidding: North opens 1♥ – 1NT – 3♥ – all pass MrQ: Could/Should South bid anything after 3♥ from North? Guru: The bidding would show a very good heart suit and inviting game. South’s AK in diamonds may be good enough to bid 4♥, a

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

Bidding#24 06/04/2018

Forcing to Game

MrQ: 3♣ was actually Checkback Stayman and West should have responded 3♠ to show 5 spades (and lack of 4 hearts – as we play it) but East thought 3♣ is natural. Anyway Checkback Stayman would work here. But if we didn’t play Checkback Stayman

Board#23 06/04/2018

Transfers after 2NT

MrQ: This was opponents playing but they ended up in 4♥ with 5-2 fit. We concluded with my partner that in this situation (assuming that any response from North is showing 4/5+ points) South should have bid 3NT to show North that they have doubleton

Rigid Guidelines for eVil Twos

MrQ: Was it unreasonable to double 4♣? My thinking was: East showed me 9-11 points in diamonds and hearts so at least AQ or even AK in diamonds, even if AQ hoping K is in North’s hand to lead through it. 3 aces = 3