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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

Board#6 16/03/2018

My First Interclub

Bidding: S opens 1♥ – 2♣ – 2♥ – 2♠ – 3♥ – 4♥ – all pass MrQ: 2♠ by North – is it a reverse? North still bids on the same level (2-level) … Guru: 2♠ by North is a responder’s reverse, enough to

Board#2 15/03/2018

Slam Dunk!

Lest you should think that I am too fixated on slams, let me assure you that I am. They are fun to bid and fun to play. But the main reason that I am writing this deal up is this: One week ago I wrote

Bidding#18 06/03/2018

Useful Jump Shift from Responder

MrQ: I simply didn’t know how to show strength with my rebid. I guess what I should have done is jump shift (which we have not agreed with my partner on how we play it) to 2♠ on my first bid to show good 5+

Board#21 08/03/2018

Ruminating on Openings

Board 21 from Thursday 8/03/2018 Dealer N NS Vul Would you open the East hand a weak 2♠? Would you open it ONE spade? If East opened 2♠, what would you do as West? There were a number of different contracts, from 2♠ to 3♣

Bidding#17 27022018

Use TNT Rule while Competing

MrQ: Should/Could W compete to 4♦? Guru: Yes. Too big a fit not to bid 4♦ but doubling 3♥ is an option, with three certain tricks and the ♦A a possible but not certain trick. The Total Number of Tricks (TNT) Rule says ten trumps

Bidding#09 27022018

Overcall vs Double

MrQ: With my previous teacher I played defence to weak 2 – double with 16+, overcall with 11-15 and 5 card good suit. If I followed this, I would have just overcalled 3♥. I guess I got a bit scared to go to 3 level with

Bidding#01 27022018

Top of Doubleton Lead

MrQ: Seems a lot of things went wrong here. Should West double with this holding? East showed the other major rather than diamonds – again, misunderstanding how we play takeout doubles. ♠10 lead and ♠Q wining a trick (East thought South is sitting with AQ

Board#28 01/03/2018

Bashing to Slam

Bidding: N opened 1♥ – 2♦ – 2♠ – 3♦ – 4NT – 5♣ – 5♦ – all pass MrQ: I presume there are ways to show void in clubs and singleton in spades? You were in 6♦. Guru: Yes, we were in 6♦ but

Board#14 01/03/2018

More Unbid Slams

Bidding: N opened 1♥ – 2♣ – 3♥ – 3NT – all pass MrQ: Should North rebid something else instead of 3♥ to show strength and maybe investigate slam (you were in 6NT)? Why did South bid 3NT after 3♥ (showing 6+ hearts) not 4♥?