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Hands galore!
Many previous hands of the week can be found on the Improvers' pages.

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Your teacher is Chris Jones, who came back to bridge in 2003 after a lengthy absence, and hasn't looked back since. Click for more ...
 
Christmas / New Year Schedule
Christmas / New Year Schedule

  Wed Dec 20th     Play & Learn + Mulled wine & posh biscuits

CHRISTMAS / NEW YEAR BREAK

Normal service will resume on     Wed Jan 3rd  
Starting on January 8th 2018 ...
Starting on January 8th 2018 ...

another weekly session of Assisted Play, with Chris, Trevor and Christine

Monday evenings, 7.00 till 9.30 at Bath Bridge Club, Monkton Combe

The format will be similar to that here at Box: 14 boards played as duplicate pairs with assistance on hand from an experienced teacher. All welcome.

Cost: £5 per person, including coffee/tea and biscuits


Click here to be taken to the Bath Bridge Club website.

  The next Play & Learn session is on Wednesday 13 December, 9.20 for a 9.30 start.
Play & Learn Wed 13 December
An interesting set of boards this morning requiring a bit of inspired guesswork to get to the best contracts. Congratulations to Marilyn and Peter, who took first place with more than 70%, followed by Peggy & Phyllis in 2nd place and Sue & Kate 3rd. See you next week for our last session before Christmas with mulled wine and posh biscuits.
 
To see what happened when the hands were played in Bath, click here and then on 'Travellers'.
 
This week's featured hand coming soon.
Hand of the week 06 December 2017

What's in a lead?

Spades are trumps. How many tricks do you expect to make on this hand if West's opening lead is (a) a diamond? (b) anything else?

(a) Probably 10. You're going to lose tricks to the A and K and your Queen will probably either be 'caught' or ruffed. After that you make the lot.

(b) Certainly 12. What are your 12 tricks and how do you play it? (A good question, because at Box a heart was led and both declarers still only made 11 tricks.)

Say the lead is a heart. You've got 7 spade tricks, 2 heart tricks, 2 club tricks and ... what else? Yep, you've got it – a club ruff in dummy.

So how does it go? The non-diamond lead is a godsend, as it enables you to discard two of those nasty diamond losers in your hand on dummy's AK. That's the first two tricks, then. Now to attack trumps ... and East shows out. West started with THREE trumps, then. And here's where I suspect the Box players went wrong. If you carry on clearing trumps – 3 rounds needed – you won't have a trump left in dummy to ruff your 3rd little club. So stop clearing trumps, cash your ♣AK, ruff your ♣2 with the ♠A ... Why with the Ace? Because then you can get back to your hand with a trump to finish off clearing trumps. And at the very end you have to give the defence their diamond trick, leaving them to wonder why they didn't lead a diamond in the first place and keep you to 10 tricks.

So a really annoying hand: 6♠ goes screaming off on a diamond lead – but it's hard for West to lead a small diamond from Kxx, and any other lead gives you the slam cold. Missing the AK it's a dreadful slam to be in anyway, so gratefully accept your two overtricks and move on ...

​​In Box & Bath

In Box, both pairs stopped in 4♠ and got a favourable lead but declarers failed to find the 12th trick.

In Bath, most stopped in 4♠, one pair ventured 5♠ and just two punted the hopelessly optimistic slam. The ♣6 was the most popular lead, and a couple of Wests led a trump, and at all of those tables bar one declarer made his/her 12 tricks. Just two Wests led the 2, and as predicted took the first three tricks. (East wins with her A, leads back her J, which catches declarer's Q and the defence win the 3rd diamond trick with East's 10. And the slams? One made, one went 2 off. There's no justice.

 

Hand of the week 29 November 2017

Yikes – a Yarborough

Oddly enough, when I picked up this hand in Bath, I found myself wondering what I'd do if partner opened 2NT. Yarboroughs are usually worthless in no trumps, but those seven clubs would have to be worth a trick or two if they were trumps. 3♣ would be Stayman, however, and 4♣ would be a strong slam try, so I'd just decided that I'd punt a 'fast-arrival' weak 5♣ when my partner really did open 2NT. Bizarre.

More bizarrely still, North came in with 4. What now? Well, my heart void would be quite useful in 5♣, so I bid it anyway ... and everybody passed. I was declarer in game with not a card above a 9.

5♣ went one off for a really good score. Why good? Have a look at the whole deal and you'll see: North can actually make 6 – and that's in spite of my partner having half the points in the pack. So getting minus 50 for 5♣ -1 is pretty cheap by comparison.

What happens in hearts?

The amazing thing about this deal is that North, who can see 20 points in his hand and dummy, knows that every missing high-card point must be with West, because of his opening 2NT bid. So she knows that West has the AQ, the ♣AQ, the K and the ♠KQ. All the finessing's going to be dead easy, then!

Say a club is led. Up with the ♣K and ruff West's ♣A. Then over to dummy's ♠A and lead a low diamond, finessing the J, which – of course – wins. Then ruff a diamond and have some fun with the clubs: lead the ♣J and ruff West's ♣Q – and now dummy's ♣10 is a winner.

What next? Ruff another diamond in dummy and cash your ♣10, discarding a diamond. So your only remaining diamond is now the Ace. 

Now lead a trump. West can take her A but all the rest of the tricks are North's. A little slam on just 20 points. Marvellous.

I shouldn't have been allowed to get away with my 5♣, should I? Holding an Ace and a King, a singleton diamond and FOUR hearts, South has surely got to raise her partner to 5. At this point, West will, correctly but very unfortunately, double for penalties and the result is going to very pretty indeed for North-South. Luckily for me, South passed.

​​In Box & Bath

In Box, two tables got away with going off in 5♣, with the rest making 11 or 12 tricks in hearts. But only one of the heart contracts was doubled.

In Bath, only 2 EW pairs were allowed to get away with 5♣, and one of those was doubled. Nearly everyone else was in 5X, which scored a very nice 750, including the overtrick. How one NS pair ended up in 2 with 4 overtricks is another question altogether!

 

   The previous featured hand –  Avoiding two losers – is now on the Declarer play (in a suit) Improvers' Page.   
Click for the latest results
Hosted daytime bridge ...
Hosted daytime bridge ...

... at Bath Bridge Club


Gentle Duplicate
Thursday mornings 10.00–1.00
A 'no fear' version of the real thing under the friendly guidance of Rita James and John Whittleton


Social Duplicate
Tuesday mornings 10.00-1.10
The gloves are off ...


Come and join us, with or without a partner.

Friendly Duplicate @ Box Bridge Club

Our Friday evening club has now closed. We had a pretty good run, but sadly all good things eventually come to an end. We'd like to thank all our members for their support over the last five years and hope to see you at alternative Friday evening venues (in Bath, Chippenham or Devizes).

Results
Wed 13th Dec 2017
Play & Learn
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Wed 6th Dec 2017
Play & Learn
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Wed 29th Nov 2017
Play & Learn
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Fri 24th Nov 2017
Box BC Farewell
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Wed 22nd Nov 2017
Play & Learn
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Wed 15th Nov 2017
Play & Learn
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Wed 8th Nov 2017
Play & Learn
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Calendar
Wed 20th Dec 2017
Play & Learn
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Wed 3rd Jan 2018
Play & Learn
Director: Trevor
Scorer: Trevor
Wed 10th Jan 2018
Play & Learn
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Wed 17th Jan 2018
Play & Learn
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Wed 24th Jan 2018
Play & Learn
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Click for the latest results
Hosted daytime bridge ...
Hosted daytime bridge ...

... at Bath Bridge Club


Gentle Duplicate
Thursday mornings 10.00–1.00
A 'no fear' version of the real thing under the friendly guidance of Rita James and John Whittleton


Social Duplicate
Tuesday mornings 10.00-1.10
The gloves are off ...


Come and join us, with or without a partner.

Friendly Duplicate @ Box Bridge Club

Our Friday evening club has now closed. We had a pretty good run, but sadly all good things eventually come to an end. We'd like to thank all our members for their support over the last five years and hope to see you at alternative Friday evening venues (in Bath, Chippenham or Devizes).

Results
Wed 13th Dec 2017
Play & Learn
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Wed 6th Dec 2017
Play & Learn
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Wed 29th Nov 2017
Play & Learn
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Fri 24th Nov 2017
Box BC Farewell
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Wed 22nd Nov 2017
Play & Learn
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Wed 15th Nov 2017
Play & Learn
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Wed 8th Nov 2017
Play & Learn
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Calendar
Wed 20th Dec 2017
Play & Learn
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Wed 3rd Jan 2018
Play & Learn
Director: Trevor
Scorer: Trevor
Wed 10th Jan 2018
Play & Learn
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Wed 17th Jan 2018
Play & Learn
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris
Wed 24th Jan 2018
Play & Learn
Director: Chris
Scorer: Chris