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Board#17 13/02/2019

A Game Force on 4 Points

I don’t expect that there would be any bidding on this hand until it comes round to West, but that is not a given, especially if you’re playing in a more adventurous session. Board 17 from Wednesday 13/02/2019 Dealer N Nil Vul North should certainly

Board#5 06/02/2019

A McKains Deal (only 1 in 6 is good enough)

This seemingly easy bidding problem seems to have been not so easy for five out of every six NS pairs in the field of 192. Board 5 from Wednesday 6/02/2019. Dealer N NS Vul After two passes, South would open 1C and West overcall 1S.

Board#9 30/01/2019

Another Angle on Pre-empts

Most new players will have learnt the basics about three level preempts: seven card suits and 6 to 10 points. But what then? Here is a typical preempt of 3C that did not lead to the best final outcome for most NS pairs. Board 9

Board#11 23/02/2019

Simple 4th Suit Forcing

Simple bidding can become not quite so simple in some situations, which is why you need to have a way to keep bidding open by using the “fourth suit forcing” principle. “Fourth suit forcing” can be just that: if you bid the fourth suit after

Plan Ahead

It is apparent that many of our Wednesday players are still not completely au fait with the weak 1NT opening or how to proceed when they are the partner of the 1NT opener. Board 11 from Wednesday 16/01/2019 Dealer S Nil Vul If you play

Board#18 09/01/2019

Fortune Favours The Bold

I just had to discuss this hand because a number of our junior players from Wednesday have been asking, and it is important that they understand the points system of evaluating the potential of any hand you hold, and why getting what I call ‘point

Board#14 09/01/2019

Avarice Preceedeth The Fall

How many of our beginners, I wonder, play weak twos in the majors, and how many of them play 2D also as a weak two. That is the norm according to the NZ Bridge lessons, is it not? But it’s not enough to have learnt

Board#13 12/12/2018

A Bit of Holiday Reading

Hi all – I hope you’re looking forward to next year’s bridge and don’t forget to keep your questions coming! Now to continue with our discussion on the 1NT opening and what happens after that. I must set the reader straight on one thing: overcalling

Board#13 12/12/2018

Q&A Time …

After my review of the deal shown below I had an email from a reader, as follows: I have a couple of questions about the bidding on Board 13 from last Wednesday. We beginners were taught the requirement to overcall at the 2 level is

Board#13 12/12/2018

Ruffing High is The Trick

So that I could get a feel of the standard of our ‘newbies’ at The Hutt I decided to have a game last night, and was extremely impressed with the enthusiasm and skill levels of some of our new players. This deal was very well