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Board#3 13/07/2018

One’s OK … Two’s Not

I suppose there’s a hard luck story (of sorts!) in this week’s feature hand. You see, 4H or 4S can be made EW. But one pair NS were smart enough to recognise the potential of a non vulnerable vs vulnerable sacrifice and bid 5C which

Board#3 05/07/2018

Comedies A-Plenty

I don’t like to rabbit on about how terrible the bidding can be when a very basic system is being played, but sadly, it happens all the time. Sometimes it results in disaster when you have competent opponents, sometimes you can get lucky and be

A Reasoned Lead

You have no doubt been taught that you should look for a 4-4 major suit fit when partner opens 1NT and you have the values for game. Our opponents bid this hand on that premise and ended up in 4H by East. These were the

Board#6 14/06/2018

Custard pie, anyone?

Bridge isn’t just about getting the bidding right, though it does help. I find that defence is often pretty well non existent, and declarer play leaves much to be desired. Often, when a declarer gets a bad contract to play or finds bad breaks, panic

Board#14 07/06/2018

Knife-Edge Decisions

In match point play you have to be prepared to compete, but at the same time not overdo it. Here is a good example: Board 14 from Thursday 7/06/2018. Dealer E Nil Vul After two passes, West has a reasonable third in hand opening bid: 1D.

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

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#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?