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Board#4 20/09/2018

Silence is Golden

Some points of interest from this fairly innocuous looking deal. They are worth discussing. Board 4 from Thursday 20/09/2018 Dealer W All Vul Firstly, would you open the West hand? I know a number of people did open 1C. I wouldn’t, it’s just asking for

Some Answers …

Let me now return to the readers’ problem set two weeks ago. No reader came up with all the answers I was hoping for, but let me answer my own questions first: Board 2 from Thursday 6/09/2018 What is East’s best opening lead against 4H

Board#3 13/09/2018

Obvious Bid

Bidding: North opens 1H – 1S; 2C – 2D; 2H – all pass MrQ: Shouldn’t North bid 2S instead of 2H? When South rebids 2D (whether natural or forcing), South pretty much denies 3-card heart support so North knows that there is at most 5-2

Bidding#18 13/09/2018

Boils Down to Hand Evaluation

MrQ: I don’t think 2NT rebid from East was good. With this kind of bidding from opposition (who showed something like 18+ points – although you never know as you can see) I expected East to have pretty strong hand (17 or good 16) and

Bidding#24 13/09/2018

Risky Bidding?

MrQ: Good result but the bidding was a bit awkward and … risky? I didn’t want to just rebid 2D as I felt I need to force my partner to bid again. I was hoping she would rebid spades to show me 5 of them.

Board#4 13/09/2018

Problems Problems …

There were some amazing deals this week and I have selected one that I will be featuring in the first chapter of my new series “Evil at the Bridge Table”. I will describe the play and then set you another problem to solve. Board 4

Board#2 06/09/2018

Reader Challenge

My experience tells me that great defence will always win over good declarer play. But can great defence beat brilliant declarer play? That is the question. I give you this deal because on the surface it looks like great defence can defeat a very good

Board#26 30/08/2018

More About The Egg …

I guess I could say I have written this “extra” ‘due to public demand’. I have been chastised for being so uncomplimentary about South’s defence, and I have also been asked by a couple of readers just what the proper defence should have been and

Board#26 30/08/2018

A Taste of Egg …

It took me until the very last board of the session to get egg all over my face. Let me tell you how it came about. Sometimes the worst defence in the world can get you the best results and so it was for our

Board#9 23/08/2018

Horses for Courses

For some hands, some systems are better than others. The following is a clear illustration of that. If you adhere strictly to what you have been taught, then only a “Big Club’ system like Precision will get you to 4H on the NS hands. Many