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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

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#23 08/11/2018

Two Answers

Thanks to some input from readers, I can now answer the questions I asked last week: Board 8 from Thursday 8/11/2018 Q: If West opens 1C, how do so many EW pairs end up in 3NT and why? A: Some Wests, if they are playing

Board#22 07/11/2018

Not an Easy Slam to Bid

MrQ: Would you bid small slam in clubs? How? I guess after South’s 1C opening, North could go 3H (double jump shift) to show splinter (void or non-ace singleton and opening hand), but what should South bid then to show 1st round of control? Omit

Board#23 08/11/2018

Two Questions …

This week, instead of offering my opinion, I will reproduce two deals and ask some questions instead, and would be very interested to get some answers. Board 8 from Thursday 8/11/2018 Dealer W Nil Vul Q: If West opens 1C, how do so many EW

Board#22 PM Wellington Junior 2018

Sure Plus vs Possible Minus

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.

Board#6 02/09/2018

Double Twice is The Answer

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)

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Another Trick

You might be interested in the attached story. I could call it “How to lose at Rubber Bridge”. Some of you will be taking part in the Rubber Bridge NZ wide competition but even if not you may be interested in this story. It will

A Joy Forever

This deal makes for a story of great beauty. Board 19 from Thursday 25/05/2018 Dealer S EW Vul We played a Howell movement which I, personally, dislike intensely. But here we were, like it or not. When we came to my wife’s table and sat

Board#16 17/05/2018

How Can You Argue With Success?

Another weak 1NT opening but I wonder how many people know what they could, or should, do. I would think that most Wests opened 1NT and most Norths doubled. Most Easts would then bid 2C which should be a weak takeout and not Stayman. Most