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This week South has a bidding problem. After East interferes with a 2♠ overcall South knows NS have the majority of the points but what is the best contract?
With 12 HCP you would be happy to play in 3♦ but a heart contract would produce a better score.
The best bid is double, played for TO in this position. You need at least 11plus points, i.e. enough to bid/stand 2NT. You should have a spade shortage and most important four hearts - 4 cards in the unbid major. I'm sure there are other hands I might double on but I can't think of one at the moment.
North has a choice of bids after the double - 2NT is a possibility, 3♥ would show four hearts and a minimum hand (12), 4♥ shows hearts and a maximum hand (14). What about "Pass" converting the Take-Out Double to a Penalty Double?
On this hand 3♥ would be a good bid and South can upgrade 12 points to 14-15 due to the spade shortage and bid game, +420. Accurate defence does hold 2♠X to 6 tricks and a hefty +500!
If you had a spade stopper and a flat 11/12 point hand, you would be bidding 2NT.
A cue bid in spades, 3♠, would show 13 points (because you are at the 3-level) something like ♠ Ax or ♠ Qxx in spades, something positive (Qx is not good enough unless this is a partnership agreement) and four hearts would be nice, giving partner the choice of games or else partner is forced to bid 3NT whatever his spade holding is.
South's hand improves after North opens 1NT. South should realise that althouth he does not have opening points it is likely game can be made on this distribution as the club void improves the hand. North must have at least 3-card support for one of the major suits as you do not open 1NT with two doubletons. This is not a hand for Stayman as that asks the wrong question. Stayman asks partner if they have a 4-card major. You are interested in a 3-card major. The answer is to transfer to spades, the higher of the two suits and then rebid 3♥ or better still 4♥. 3♥ is not forcing, and only shows four hearts while 4♥ promises a 5-card suit and you are now at game level. North can correct to his longest major by passing or bidding 4♠ . Simple. There are a variety of ways to make ten tricks one includes ruffing hearts before drawing trumps and allowing East to make two spade tricks (by over-ruffing) but the only other loser then is the diamond ace so declarer is happy.
Tuesday 23rd July is Sim Pairs so please come along with your best partner or even try out a new one.
Congratulations to Lawrence and June who are the highest placed Aylesbury Aces pair in the national ranking. Currently they are 30th out of 795 pairs with 63.1%
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Tuesday 10th September is the Burrows Cup. This is a Handicap Pairs so the so the higher your NGS ranking, the larger your handicap. Our newer players will have a negative handicap, making them very good partners!
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Bridge is an extremely enjoyable game. Courteous behaviour is an exceptionally important part of that enjoyment. The EBU is committed to the principle of equality of opportunity. It considers it a fundamental principle that anyone wishing to participate in duplicate bridge, whether as player, official or in any other capacity, should be able to do so in a safe and welcoming environment, and not be subject to less favourable treatment on the grounds of gender, age, race, disability, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religious or political belief or social class than any other person.
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Since our club was set up in 2009, Aylesbury Aces has been committed to raising money for charity through our annual Charity Bridge teas and Chldren in Need Sim Pairs.
At our last AGM a member asked how much had been raised over the years, After much 'digging' through the records it was a pleasant surprise to learn that we have in fact donated around £6,500; including the generous fund match from Lloyds bank, to various local charities including Age Concern, British heart Foundation, Alzheimer's Society and the Florence Nightingale Hospice as well as nearly £1,000 to Children in Need.
It's nice to know that we are helping good causes whilst enjoying playing bridge with our friends.