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14th Sep 2016 (Weak 2s)
 
 
  Hand 1

14th Sep 2016 - Hand 1:

Ian's view:

North Open 2
East Double (short in Oppositions suit and happy with any bid, shows opening values)
South

Pass - Losing Trick says 1 level (assume 7 from partner, you have 10 so... 18 - 7 - 10 = 1)

For me personally, I would now bid to the level of the fit after a double (6 + 3 = 9, Bid 3), this is a more aggressive style and further disrupts the opposition who must hold 26+ HCP so my sacrifice must be good !

West Bid 3 - Not holding 4 is awkward and bidding 3 may miss a  fit - best bid here has to cue the oppositions suit asking for a stop for 3NT or pick best suit.
North Pass
East Bid 3 as minimum points and lowest bid that can be made
South Pass
West Pass - With only one  stop, 3NT does not look good.  Must have at least 7 card  fit but partner has shown minimum points
Play Assuming a  lead, take with the Ace and play a small ♠ to the Q (or low if North wins with the Ace) - if North takes the Ace, you make the contract as no more ♠ losers - otherwise, settle for 1 off as North will force you to rough .  You must draw trumps here as cannot afford the  roughing position !
  Hand 3

14th Sep 2016 - Hand 3:

Ian's view:

South Open 2
West Bid 2 - Not enough to Double but have a 6 card suit and a cheap bid available
North Double (Penalties as partner has shown their whole hand)
East Pass
South Pass
West Pass
Play NS have 4 here but this should prove to be a much bigger score.  Without a weak 2 opening, W may open 1 with a 1N or double from North and a rescue from South - my view, most NS will be in 4 and we have a top for 2 doubled !  If South and West both pass, North opens and game should be found here too
  Hand 6

14th Sep 2016 - Hand 6:

Ian's view:

East Open 2
South Pass
West

Bid 4 (Losing Trick Count - Assume 7 from partner, you have 7 and a 9 card fit, so 18 - 7 - 7 = 4)

Note:  Not quite strong enough to bid 2NT but you have a fit and a strong hand, also good to stop any suit bids from North !

Play Lead 10  (shows no real interest but promises the 9 and no honours, no other suit is worth leading) - play  until drawn - if opps continue  and swith to a  then 10 tricks made - if not, throw one of these losers on the long  for 11 tricks
  Hand 8

14th Sep 2016 - Hand 8:

Ian's view:

West Open 2
North Double showing shortage in  and at least opening values
East

Pass - Losing Trick says 2 level (assume 7 from partner, you have 9 so... 18 - 7 - 9 = 2)

For me personally, I would now bid to the level of the fit after a double (6 + 3 = 9, Bid 3), this is a more aggressive style and further disrupts the opposition who must hold 27+ HCP so my sacrifice must be good !

South Bid 3 - you have 2 places to play and a good hand, must be going to game (or close) so see if partner can stop  or show their longes suit
West Double - Lead directing
North Bid 4 - no control and longest suit
East Pass
South Bid 5
Play You have 2 to lose and no more (roughing a) - it is a shame that 4 scores better but with the weak 2, this is very hard to find (and is a 4/3 fit !)
  Hand 9

14th Sep 2016 - Hand 9:

Ian's view:

North Open 2
East Pass
South Pass
West Pass
Play

Oh dear !!!  This is a disaster  crying  Although, let's have a look.  Assuming we get away with 1 off (negative 50 score), EW could have found 1N or a part score which makes - our 1 off looks good now !

This is a tricky hand but, if you are brave and leave the trumps, try and clear 3 suits and leave E on play who now has to give you a trick - possibly making 8 !

  Hand 11

14th Sep 2016 - Hand 11:

Ian's view:

South Open 2
West Pass
North Bid 2NT (enquiry which should be alerted)
East Pass
South Bid 3 which should be alerted and shows good points and good suit (2 honours above the Jack)
West Pass
North Bid 4
Play Lead 4th highest  or lead a trump (to try and avoid causing any damage) - no real issues here though, 10 tricks make on any lead
  Hand 14

14th Sep 2016 - Hand 14:

Ian's view:

East Open 2
South Double
West Pass
North Bid 3 as opening values and 4 card major
East Pass
South Bid 4 as both have opening hands and a Major fit
Play No issues in play here, game makes - weak 2 did not really disrupt but gives NS the chance to not find game if North doesn't jump to show their hand !
  Hand 16

14th Sep 2016 - Hand 16:

Ian's view:

West Open 2
North Double - shows opening values and shortage in 
East Bid 4 as losing trick says 4 (Assume 7 from partner, you have 7 so, 18 - 7 - 7 = 4)
South

Pass

For interest, I would personally bid 5here with favourable vulnerability but I wouldn't expect anyone else to !  It goes 2 or 3 off for 300 or 500 which scores very well against a vulnerable game score of 620 !  wink

Play Not the easiest of games but you are left with a finesse to take but it is the ONLY way to make the contract - if there is no alternative play, you must take it and it works (double was in North so chances are good)