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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,

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#18 04/05/2018

Bidding Went Wrong on the 2nd Bid

MrQ: Simple question: how to bid to 7♠? After 6♥ from East, I know that we have all the aces and all the kings but I am thinking that we only have 8-card fit in spades because my partner supported my spades to 4♠ only

Board#6 29/03/2018

Free Gravis and for Nothing

Have you ever been dealt a hand with 28 high card points? I bet you haven’t – unless you were sitting South last Thursday. Such huge hands are not always that easy to bid, though. In fact they are notoriously difficult to bid to the

Board#10 27/03/2018

Sleepless Night

Bidding: S opens 1♥ – 1♠ – 3♥ – 3NT – 4♥ – all pass MrQ: I have not been sleeping all night because of this board especially because it was our last board of the evening and the result was miserable. I guess both

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+