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Board#4 07/02/2019

Are YOU a Caveman?

At the risk of being called a bore and being obsessed with slams, let me once more state that bidding slams should be EASIER than games or part scores because there is less complexity in most slams. Making slams is also often easier because you

Board#23 31/01/2019

The Sniff of a Slam

The moment South opens the bidding with 1C, North should be thinking slam in clubs, surely? And if not slam, then game. But when North starts slowly by bidding 1D, East has the chance of coming in with a spade bid, which could be, and

Board#18 10/01/2019

“First” Slam with Polish Club

MrQ: This hand was played against us by NS in 3NT after my partner opened 2S and North bid 3NT. We have been investigating Polish Club bidding system recently and this one beautifully bids to 6H – if West doesn’t open, North opens 1C (in

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

Bidding#14 11/11/2018

Evil Bidding is Awesome

MrQ: Which slam and how to bid it here? I bid 4C (4th suit) hoping that East will go back to spades so that I can key card ask for king of spades but it didn’t happen. I had to choose between 6D, 6S and 6NT

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#8 11/10/2018

A Thorny Issue

Do you play splinters and/or cue bids, and if so, how? Last night provided a wonderful example of the use of the ‘splinter’ bid. Board 8 from Thursday 11/10/2018. Dealer W Nil Vul Take a look at the East hand. By itself, it is no

Board#22 04/10/2018

The Big Fizzer

Do you play “Michaels” and/or “Unusual No Trump”, and if so, HOW do you play them? When I glanced at the hand records while directing last night, and saw Board 22, I thought: “Wow, there will be some fireworks on this one”. But when I

Board#11 Paraparaumu Multigrade 2018

Would You Bid Grand Slam?

Bidding: South opens 1C – (1S) – 2H; 3C – 3S; 3NT – 4C; 5C – 6C; all pass MrQ: How would you bid this slam? Would you bid grand slam? Which one? North’s thinking was that after my 3NT we are in Game Force

Board#1 31/05/2018

No Need to Bid Slams …

Declarer play can often give you an easy 70-80% on a board even when you have failed to bid to the maximum. I have often said that you don’t need to bid slams as long as you can make twelve tricks when other declarers can’t,