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.
MrQ: Is there a way to bid this to 4♠ not opening 5-card spade? At the other table opposition bid 4♠ – they were playing Standard American so was easier for them as 1♠ showed 5 of them straight away. Guru: Shouldn’t be a problem.
Those EW pairs who were prepared to bid their diamond fit to the max did well. Board 17 from Thursday 10/05/2018 Dealer N Nil Vul When North opens 1C, East can either overcall 1D or make a weak jump overcall to 2D. Either one will
MrQ: Seems like West should have opened 4♥ straight away. Anyway he opened 3♥, shouldn’t North first double and then (after 3♠ from South) bid 4♦ (showing 16+) which South would then raise to 5♦? What if West opened 4♥ – what should North bid?
MrQ: With my previous teacher I played defence to weak 2 – double with 16+, overcall with 11-15 and 5 card good suit. If I followed this, I would have just overcalled 3♥. I guess I got a bit scared to go to 3 level with
MrQ: Seems a lot of things went wrong here. Should West double with this holding? East showed the other major rather than diamonds – again, misunderstanding how we play takeout doubles. ♠10 lead and ♠Q wining a trick (East thought South is sitting with AQ