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Board#8 17/01/2019

Trust Truscott

“Truscott” is a very useful convention, whichever way you play it. When East opens 1H and South doubles, West bids THREE hearts instead of just 2H. That is how the original version of Truscott worked: when you have a fit for partner and an opponent

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 investigation Polish Club bidding system recently and this one beautifully bids to 6H – if West doesn’t open, North opens 1C (in

Board#13 13/12/2018

“One Peek is Worth Two Finesses”

Hand evaluation is not something that can be based just on point count alone. Assessing your losers and a bit of visualisation is always necessary, especially on distributional hands. Witness the following deal: Board 13 from Thursday 13/12/2018 The bidding for South should not be

Board#1 06/12/2018

Which Game to Play?

The very first board I looked at gave me food for thought. I have always avocated that a 5-3 major suit fit with game values should be preferred to 3NT. The problem is that not everyone has the ability to locate a 5-3 fit, nor

Board#7 29/11/2018

Too Many Choices: So Much Difficulty

For those readers who read the Special with the play problem: thank you for the many entries, it is clear that it is easier to do things ‘double dummy’ than at the table. The interesting thing about that particular deal is that the play at

Board#9 22/11/2018

Here Comes SUPERCLUB

This week I want to tell you about my new book. Today’s chosen deal is significant because it features one of the newer topics from the book, the “Superclub”. Board 9 from Thursday 20th Nov Dealer N EW Vul Playing basic Acol, North will open

Board#23 08/11/2018

Two Answers

Thanks to some input from readers, I can now answer the questions I asked last week: Board 8 from Thursday 8/11/2018 Q: If West opens 1C, how do so many EW pairs end up in 3NT and why? A: Some Wests, if they are playing

Board#23 08/11/2018

Two Questions …

This week, instead of offering my opinion, I will reproduce two deals and ask some questions instead, and would be very interested to get some answers. Board 8 from Thursday 8/11/2018 Dealer W Nil Vul Q: If West opens 1C, how do so many EW

Board#15 01/11/2018

Modern Mainstream Bidding Techniques

If you look at the West hand in this deal, you will say that West has an opening bid and should open the bidding after South passes. I would certainly open, but would understand if the ‘losing trick’ exponents did not. I’m not one for

Board#11 25/10/2018

It’s All In The Finesses

It is not always easy to find the best contract nor, it seems, to find the right play if this deal from last night’s play is anything to go by. Let’s take a look: Board 11 from Thursday 25/10/2018 Dealer S Nil Vul When South