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Last updated : Apr 24, 2021 08:22 EDT
Articles by Pete Matthews, Jr.

Click here for an excellent collection of articles contributed by Pete Matthews, Jr.

Last updated : Jun 13, 2020 10:24 EDT

Click here for video recordings and handouts from Mark Aquino’s Friday morning pregame talks.

Last updated : Jun 13, 2020 10:26 EDT
But I Had My Bid!

Stewart Rubenstein reports this competitive part-score deal from Monday afternoon, 2018 February 26.

Stewart Rubenstein
Pete Matthews, Jr.
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Double (responsive) Pass 2♠ Double

Everybody pretty much has their bids, right?

Stewart asked himself “WWZD (What Would Zach Do)?”

Redouble! +1270. 1551 out of 1551 matchpoints in The Common Game.

Last updated : Jun 6, 2019 16:16 EST
Bridge Tale: Science and a Ten-card Suit

About one hand in 60,000 contains a ten-card suit. If you play 24 hands a day, five days a week, 50 weeks a year, expect to pick up a ten-card suit about once a decade.

On Friday, 2017 August 25, 163 Norths playing in the morning Common Game picked up ten solid diamonds and three singletons. In Westwood, 11 of 12 Norths declared 5, 5X, 6, or 6X. Ten of them took 12 tricks. With the North hand hidden, only one East found the spade shift to hold North to 11 tricks (but they were in 5X).

I was the final North to pick up those ten diamonds. Lefty opened 1♣, partner bid 2♣ (majors), and righty bid 2♠ (apparently natural). All I wanted to know was how many aces partner held, so I leapt to 4NT (plain old Blackwood?!—what else could it be?). Partner bid 5 (one ace). Imagine his shock and dismay when I passed!

With my hand exposed as dummy, East won her partner’s club lead and shifted to a spade. I was briefly pleased that I’d stopped in just the right contract, until I saw that it was a cold bottom!  —Tim Hill

Last updated : Jun 12, 2020 10:20 EDT