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The Club Committee for 2021, until an EGM:

 Chairman:  Chris Nichols

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Committee Members Maureen Fallows, Neil Trenaman, Steve Trenner

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Tuesdays:

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The Club's inactivity during the pandemic has led to several members dropping off the leader board.

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Wednesday's Interesting Hand
Bridge Club Live - 20 May - Board 14

 

Should responder have bid 3♣?

What should opener bid now?

 

After a sinple raise (One Diamond, 2 Diamonds), West shouild just Pass.

There is no fit and it is best to bale out while you can.

Any change of suit at the 3 level will be game forcing.

2 Diamonds +1 should be fairly standard.

After South's dubious Double (no clubs???), North-South may compete in Hearts but shouldn't be allowed to make 4 Hearts.

Any contract above 3 Diamonds or 3 Hearts should be Doubled for penalties.

4 Clubs Doubled  -4 was pretty disasterous....

East has to assume that West is game forcing with their 3 Club bid, so maybe bid 3NT? 

This will get murdered, with defence making at least 8 tricks.

Assume this will be doubled, East will have to try to rescue with 4 Clubs, doubled, -800......

Last updated : 23rd May 2020 10:03 BST
Board 10 on Wednesday 18th December 2019

 

What does South bid?

Board No 10 Both Vul Dealer East
NS EW Bid By Ld Tks +Sc -Sc + -

1

4

2spade*

E

Adiamond

6

500

 

8

0

2

9

2heart

S

spade

6

 

200

2

6

3

5

2club

N

club

9

110

 

5

3

7

10

2club

S

 

9

110

 

5

3

8

6

5club*

N

Aheart

9

 

500

0

8

 

 

How were the following contracts bid...

2♠*   E: 1♠ , S: Double, W: Pass, N: 2♣ , E: 2♠ , S: Double.  The first double was taken as a take out. The 2nd for penalties.

2    E:1 ♠ , S: Double, W: Pass, N: 2♣ , E: 2 , S: 2 . South's 2 was a costly mistake.

It seems that everyone thinks that a Double of East's One Spade is the best bet.

If South passes, so does West and North and the contract fails by one trick, making just +100 for N/S.

South really doesn't have a lot of choice but to Double and see what happens......

The first bidding sequence is ideal for N/S, giving N/S +500.

The second sequence seems strange, as the obvious bid for South, after East's 2 Diamonds, is 3 Clubs, supporting North's suit and with a 6-loser hand.

If West now supports Diamonds at the 3 level, this will be a clever bid as they will only fail by one trick, although 'bidding to the level of the fit'  should deter them.

North, with their 8-loser hand, should pass and leave it to South to make further decisions.

So, to sum up, either +110 or +100 to North/South, or East/West risks losing -500.....

 

Last updated : 20th Dec 2019 14:11 GMT
Board 4 on Wednesday 11th December 2019

This bidding made me pick this as interesting hand of the day!

It looks as if N/S can make 4 so E/W can go 2 down doubled or 6 down not doubled.

 

Board No 4 Both Vul Dealer West
 N  S  E  W  +Sc  -Sc  +  -

10

2

8

14

800

 

10

0

4

 

5

 

100

 

3

7

9

 

22

 

100

 

3

7

11

24

13

6

 

200

0

10

12

 

19

 

100

 

3

7

16

 

7

 

100

 

3

7

17

21

1

15

300

 

7

3

18

20

3

23

300

 

7

3

The N/S and E/W may not be the right way round

For those that scored 100 (presumably 1 down) I can't tell which pairs were N/S or E/W

I know the pairs for those that scored 300 because I was one of them

Double dummy, North/South will be disappointed if they think they can make 4 Hearts!!

East leads a Spade to the Ace, West cashes their King of Clubs, leads a small Spade foe East to trump.

East now cashes the Ace of Clubs - down one before they get in!

Not an easy defence to find, but if East/West are able to bid their long black suits, it may be possible to find this defence.

If East/West are in game, they will lose just 4 tricks in Spades or Clubs.

Last updated : 17th Dec 2019 22:53 GMT
Board 17 on Wednesday 4th December 2019
Board No 17 None Vul Dealer North
NS EW Bid By Ld Tks +Sc -Sc + -

2

9

7NT** S diamond 11   600 0 8

4

8

3heart N spade 9 140   4 4

5

3

4club S heart 11 150   6 2

7

1

4heart N diamond 9   50 2 6

10

6

5heart** N Qheart 12 1200   8 0

 

Should 4 make?

 

Assuming we can see all 4 hands (Double Dummy), 4 Hearts is a certain contract.

East’s lead of a Club is extremely unlikely, but will, after the ruff, hold the contract to 10 tricks.

However, the top of the doubleton will be a much more obvious lead and will lead to 11 tricks making.

After the lead of the 10 of Diamonds to the King, North wins and plays a small Heart to the King.

Ace of Spades and a Spade ruff, then a Club towards Dummy.

East plays low and South wins the Jack and returns a Spade for another ruff.

Another Club, another finesse, then the Ace of Clubs, discarding a Diamond from North.

Another Club, ruffed by North, and then North exits with their last Diamond.

If East wins, whatever is led gives North their 10th and 11th tricks.

If West wins and leads another Diamond, North ruffs low and again East is on lead to give North their game plus one.

What if you can’t see all four hands?

10 of Diamonds led, taken by the Ace.

A Spade to the Ace, a Spade ruff and then a Heart to the King.

Another Spade ruff and then the Ace of Hearts, showing the 4-1 break.

A Club towards dummy, Spade ruff, another Club, Ace of Clubs, throwing Diamond, and then another Club, discarding your last Diamond (loser on loser).

East wins and is now on lead.

A Spade lead gives North their ruff for their tenth trick.If they decide to cash their Queen of Hearts first, 11 tricks are made.

 

Last updated : 5th Dec 2019 11:30 GMT
Board 18 on Wednesday 27th November 2019
Board No 18 N/S Vul Dealer East
NS EW Bid By Ld Tks +Sc -Sc + -

1

3

4heart E club 12   480 3 9

2

5

2NT E spade 10   180 12 0

3

7

4heart E club 12   480 3 9

4

2

4heart E club 11   450 8 4

5

4

4heart E club 12   480 3 9

6

6

4heart E spade 12   480 3 9

7

1

3NT E club 10   430 10 2

 

How does West investigate whether a slam is on?

Not an easy hand to bid.

Somehow, West has to show their powerhouse hand and agree Hearts as Trumps - East has shown at least a 5-card suit and extra values.

If West bids 4 Clubs, it is certainly forcing, but is it seeking a fit in No Trumps? A No Trump slam is doomed to go down.

A bid of 3 Hearts merely shows preference, so West will have to bid 4 Hearts and hope that the jump bid will invite East to look for the Slam.

If East now bids Blackwood 4 No Trumps, West can show their 2 Aces by bidding  5 Hearts. Now 5 No Trumps asks for Kings and a response of 6  Diamonds shows just the one King. East can now sign off in 6 Hearts.

Last updated : 27th Nov 2019 20:38 GMT
Board 19 on Wednesday 27th November 2019
Board No 19 E/W Vul Dealer South
NS EW Bid By Ld Tks +Sc -Sc + -

1

2

4diamond N   9   50 5 7

2

4

2heart S diamond 6   100 1 11

3

6

3diamond N spade 9 110   8 4

4

1

3diamond N spade 8   50 5 7

5

3

2NT S   9 150   10 2

6

5

3NT S spade 11 460   12 0

7

7

3heart S diamond 7   100 1 11

 

How should the bidding go for N/S to arrive at 3NT?

3 No Trumps by South is not a clever bid, although it will make if East/West don't find the best defence.

  If they do, they will take the first ten tricks for 6 down! A small Club to the Jack, the 10 of Spades, not covered, then the other Spade, West taking their 4 Spade winners, then King and another Club .... oops!

The only 'making' contracts are  3 Diamonds from North or 3 Spades from West.

Last updated : 27th Nov 2019 20:19 GMT
Board 9 on Wednesday 20th November 2019
Board No 9 E/W Vul Dealer North
NS EW Bid By Ld Tks +Sc -Sc + -

3

8

2heart N spade 8 110   6 2

9

6

1spade N heart 9 140   8 0

10

1

4spade S diamond 8   100 0 8

11

7

1diamond E diamond 7   70 3 5

12

5

1diamond E heart 7   70 3 5

 

What should S bid?

It will take a brave South to Double after East opens One Diamond. 

I suspect most Souths will Pass and West will bid One No Trump, East taking out to 2 Diamonds.

This will play for just 7 tricks.

Alternatively, after East bids 2 Diamonds, South may now Double as they know West doesn't have a 4-card major.

North will bid 2 Hearts..... 8 tricks.

It is difficult to see how the Spade fit can be found. It would be interesting to hear from  the 2 pairs who bid in Spades..

P.S. The bidding at one table went  N-Pass,  E-1 , S-Double,  W-2♣️,  N-Double, E-2 ,  S-2 ♠️, W-Pass, N-3♠️, E-Pass, S-4♠️, going 2 off......

Response from another table - bidding went  N-Pass, E-1 , S-Double,  W-Pass, N-1♠. S passed as N had not opened as dealer.

 

Last updated : 26th Nov 2019 18:13 GMT
Board 13 on Wednesday 13th November 2019
Board No 13 Both Vul Dealer North
NS EW Bid By Ld Tks +Sc -Sc + -

3

14

3NT S Aspade 6   300 0 10

4

7

5diamond N 8heart 11 600   10 0

5

11

3spade W heart 8 100   4 6

8

2

5diamond N heart 10   100 2 8

9

12

5spade W heart 9 200   6 4

13

6

4spade W heart 7 300   8 2

 

How does E/W know to sacrific in 5♠ ?

This is a great hand, with absolutely no clues if North opens a pre-emptive  4 Diamonds.

With 8 diamonds, the perceived wisdom is to open 4, but with a poor suit and being Vulnerable, many Norths will just open with 3 Diamonds.

East will pass and South will have to consider whether to raise to game.

If they Pass, West may punt 4 Spades.  Now, after 2 Passes, South may try 5 Diamonds.

West will Pass (or Double?), North will Pass , and will East try 5 Spades vulnerable? Doubtful, but could bring a windfall.

Both 5 Diamonds North/South and 5 Spades East/West make on best play.

To make 5 Spades you must lose East's Diamond early, take the ruff and then work out that South has 3 Hearts to the Jack or Queen.

After the Diamond Ruff, draw trumps, cross to the King of Hearts (the Queen falls) and finesse against the Jack.

Just the 2 Aces to lose.

For 5 Diamonds to make by North, you just play to drop the King of Diamonds singleton.

Then 8 Diamonds and 3 Clubs roll in.

Last updated : 17th Nov 2019 11:33 GMT
Board 8 on Wednesday 2nd October 2019
Board No 8 None Vul Dealer West
NS EW Bid By Ld Tks +Sc -Sc + -

1

5

1diamond S 7club 6   50 0 8

2

7

2NT E diamond 6 100   5 3

4

3

2NT S 3spade 8 120   8 0

8

10

1NT E diamond 5 100   5 3

9

6

2heart W diamond 7 50   2 6

 

Can South bid 2NT over a 1NT bid by E?

Will East open 1 No Trump on a balanced 11-count 3rd in hand? Possibly, non-vulnerable.

If so, South is going to double and West really has no rescue bid.  Down 2 for -300.

What happens if East passes?

South, in the protective 4th seat, may well open 2 No Trumps, which will be passed out.

What does West lead? Whatever they try, they give South a free finesse.

The only way to get the lead to East is with a Club, and the return of a Heart may well look good, but North's Jack of Hearts is a crucial stopper.

Ace of Diamonds and a small Diamond and your 8 tryicks roll in.

 

Last updated : 2nd Oct 2019 20:03 BST
Board 4 on Wednesday 2nd October 209
Board No 4 Both Vul Dealer West
NS EW Bid By Ld Tks +Sc -Sc + -

1

3

3NT S heart 7   200 0 8

2

10

3club N spade 10 130   2 6

6

8

5club N spade 11 600   6 2

7

4

3NT S spade 12 690   8 0

9

5

3heart W heart 7 200   4

4

 

 

How did N/S bid 3NT?

East may well open One Heart, although the wiser bid is One Spade.

South, using basic systems, will bid 2 Clubs.

After West Passes, North will show their Spades - 2 Spades.

East Passes, South bids 3 Diamonds and North bids the No Trump game - 3 NT.

If they are lucky, East will lead their Ace of Spades and another Spade, with 12 tricks rolling in.

If they are unlucky, East will lead a Heart, only making 7 tricks.

If North/South are using CRO, after East opens One Spade (or One Heart), South will bid 2 NT, showing at least 5 cards in each minor suit.

If North raises this to 3NT, a killer Heart lead will defeat the contract.

Last updated : 2nd Oct 2019 19:43 BST
Board 10 on Wednesday 25th September 2019
Board No 10 Both Vul Dealer East
NS EW Bid By Ld Tks +Sc -Sc + -

1

4

4heart N Adiamond 10 620   5 3

2

9

1spade S Adiamond 8 110   2 6

3

5

4NT N diamond 11 660   8 0

8

6

4heart N Adiamond 10 620   5 3

12

11

4spade* S 7club 9   200 0

8

 

How should the bidding have gone?

I can imagine all sorts of different bids on this hand.

1. East could Pass, South bid One Spade, West Pass, North One No Trump, East Pass, South 3 No Trump.

2. East Pass, South 2 No Trumps, West Pass, North 3 Diamonds (transfer), East Pass, South 3 Hearts, West Pass, North 4 Hearts.

3. East opens a weak 2 Diamonds, South Doubles, West Pass, North 4 Hearts.

4. East Pass, South One Spade, West Pass, North 2 Hearts, East Pass, South 3 Clubs (change of suit at the three level forcing to game), West Pass, North Three No Trumps.

 

 

 

Last updated : 25th Sep 2019 21:22 BST
Board 6 on Wednesday 18th September 2019

 

Board No 6 E/W Vul Dealer East
NS EW Bid By Ld Tks +Sc -Sc + -

2

7

N/A       50% 50% 4 4

5

8

5club E Aheart 10 100   4 4

6

4

5club E spade 9 200   7 1

10

9

5club E Aspade 10 100   4 4

12

3

3club E   9   110 1 7

 

Well done Pair 3 for stopping in 3♣ . How did they do it?

A great hand, so why does one pair stop?

East will open the bidding with a pre-emptive 3 Clubs, showing a 7-card suit and 5-9 High Card Points (HCP).

It is South's call now that will determine the final contract.

In one case, South passed, as did West and North, and 3 Clubs was the final contract.

The other 3 Souths all Doubled (for takeout), and then West bid up to 5 Clubs, either by calling direct or else overcalling a 4 Spade bid by North.

Last updated : 25th Sep 2019 09:20 BST
Board 12 on Wednesday 25th September 2019

How can E/W reach a 3NT contract?

Last updated : 25th Sep 2019 18:20 BST
Board 2 on Wednesday 18th September
Board No 2 N/S Vul Dealer East
NS EW Bid By Ld Tks +Sc -Sc + -

1

9

7spade S club 13 2210   8 0

2

5

3NT N   13 720   4 4

3

10

3NT N heart 13 720   4 4

8

7

3NT N spade 13 720   4 4

12

6

4heart S   13 710   0 8

 

How did pair 1 get to bid a Grand Slam?

As you can see, there are 14 top tricks, so the Grand Slam is always going to make, but how do you bid it?

It is very difficult to show 5-card suits in both hands and find all the missing Kings and Aces, so I suspect the bidding could have gone (with East/West silent)

South 1 Spade (playing 5-card majors); North 3 Hearts; South 4 No Trumps; North 5 Spades (Roman Key Card Blackwood, showing 2 Aces and the Queen of Hearts); South 5 No Trumps; North 6 Hearts (2 Kings) and South 7 No Trumps (or, in this case, 7 Spades, but more risky).

I suspect the truth is something a little less scientific.....

Last updated : 25th Sep 2019 09:38 BST
Board 2 on Wednesday 11th September 2019
Board No 2 N/S Vul Dealer East
NS EW Bid By Ld Tks +Sc -Sc + -

1

2

1NT W heart 7   90 6 2

5

7

2NT E diamond 8   120 4 4

6

3

3NT W diamond 9   400 1 7

8

4

3spade W diamond 7 100   8 0

10

9

3NT W heart 9   400 1 7

 

How can E/W find a NT contract after S opens with a weak 2 ?

With 16+ High Card Points, West has 3 alternatives - bid a 5-card suit, double for take-out or bid 2 No Trumps if they have 2 stoppers in the bid suit.

Here it is clear to bid 2 NT and for East to raise to 3NT.

After North leads their singleton Diamond, all West has to do is force out the Ace of Clubs and enjoy at least 10 easy tricks.

Last updated : 12th Sep 2019 16:48 BST
Board 10 on 19th June 2019

How can N/S find the best contract?

Board No 10 Both Vul Dealer East
NS EW Bid By Ld Tks +Sc -Sc + -

5

3

5diamond* N spade 11 750   4 0

6

2

3NT N diamond 11 660   2 2

8

4

5diamond N Aspade 11 600   0 4

East will Pass originally, and South bids One Club.

Let's assume that West passes - more information later!

North bids One Diamond and East passes.

South now has to make a decision on whether to support partner's suit or rebid their Clubs.

I expect many Souths will now jump to 3 Diamonds and North will bid 5 Diamonds.

Their problem with showing support for Clubs at this level would be that a bid of 4 Clubs may well be misinterpreted as Gerber, asking for Aces.

Now what if West is the competitive type? 

West has great shape and is itching to get into the auction, despite their lack of high cards.

How do you show a two-suited hand?

CRO, CRasSh or Tesco - your choice.

If you play CRO (common at Bude Bridge Club), bidding the opponents suit at the next level promises at least 5 cards in each suit of the opposite Colour ( the C of CRO- alerted).

If you have a minimum 5-5 in the opposite Rank, bid 2NT - this is not a natural No Trump bid, so must be alerted!

If your 5-5 is in the Other suits, bid 3 Clubs (alerted) - not promising clubs!

CRaSh is exactly the same, but C is for Colour, Ra for Rank and Sh for Shape - pointed suits are Diamonds and Spades, rounded suits are Clubs and Hearts.

(Note that Tesco bid s are for Every Litle Helps - Extreme suits (One up in opponents suit), Lowest suits  (2NT) and Highest suits (3 Clubs))

So, over a One Club opening bid,  West will bid 2 No Trumps, showing a minimum of 5 cards in each major suit (opposite Rank).

North now bids 3 Clubs and East STOP 4 Hearts.

South bids the Club game (5 Clubs) and East (or West) sacrifices in 5 Hearts (doubled), going one off for an excellent result for East/West (-200 against -600)

Last updated : 24th Jun 2019 11:42 BST
Board 16 on Wednesday 12th June 2019

Should N/S have known to outbid E/W?

Should S have bid 3H at this point in the bidding?

Board No 16 E/W Vul Dealer West
NS EW Bid By Ld Tks +Sc -Sc + -

3

2

5spade W Adiamond 11   650 0 4

7

5

5spade W Aclub 10 100   2 2

8

6

5diamond* N Kclub 13 750   4 0

The Wednesday hands continue to prove interesting!

When North picks up this hand and looks at the vulnerability, non-vulnerable against vulnerable,  they know they are going to pre-empt 5 Diamonds if East-West bid a game.

Many (most) Norths will bid 4 or 5 Diamonds over the initial Spade opener.

South shouldn't even consider bidding - North has set the trump suit and you have two as well. South's Hearts aren't exactly solid!(Of course, 6 Hearts makes, but does rely on a 2-2 split of the trump unit.)

At the most, they are going to go 2 off doubled for -300 against -620 for the vulnerable game.

If East-West push on to 5 Spades, North will 'sacrifice' in 6 Diamonds - and will make it! If a Spade isn't led, North/South will make all 13 tricks.

Last updated : 13th Jun 2019 09:19 BST
Board 2 on Wednesday 22nd May 2019
Board No 2 N/S Vul Dealer East
NS EW Bid By Ld Tks +Sc -Sc + -

1

2

5club* W spade 10 100   4 2

5

7

3club W spade 10   130 1 5

8

4

5spade* E diamond 6 1100   6 0

10

9

2club W heart 10   130 1 5

 

How should E/W bid this hand?

What a horror hand!

East opens the bidding. 

The Heart suit doesn't have the top honours to open a weak 2, unless you play the Multi 2-Diamond, so East will Pass.

South has a 4-4-4-1 distribution so will probably open One Club ♣ , the suit below the singleton (open the middle of 3 connected suits)

West will want to show their Diamond suit  , but would love to Double the Club. They know that East would take this out, though, so will bid Diamonds at the one or two level. Let's assume One  as their Clubs may not be as solid as they look.

North will Pass, as will East and South will probably Double to try to find a major fit.

West now bids their Clubs. Let's assume they jump to 3 Clubs to make North's call more difficult. 

North may risk 3 Spades♠ or they may Pass. 

If they Pass, East will bid 3 Diamonds, if they bid 3 ♠ , East will Pass.

South will Pass .

what happens next is decided by the view taken by South and West.

The only game possible is Five Diamonds by West. 

After ruffing an original Heart, just one small Club is ruffed. A Diamond returned, two more top Diamonds and then a top club.

If North ruffs, Ruff the return, play the other top club and another. The West hand is good. 

If North doesn't Ruff, just continue with other top club and another. 

They just lose one Club and the 10  .

Last updated : 24th May 2019 14:23 BST
Board 4 on Wednesday 15th May 2019

 

What should North bid over West's 2?

 

Board No 4 Both Vul Dealer West
NS EW Bid By Ld Tks +Sc -Sc + -

3

1

2diamond W heart 8   90 4 2

4

7

2spade S diamond 7   100 1 5

6

5

2heart S club 7   100 1 5

8

2

2heart S spade 9 140   6 0

North has some values and has already shown fewer than opening points by their original Pass.

They certainly don't want to give partner false hope by changing suit at the 3 level.

The call in these circumstances is 'Double'. It does not imply a Diamond suit ( or even a stopper) but lets partner know they can bid again to compete.

South realises that game is not possible but will want to compete for a part score. They therefore just bid a simple 2 , which is where it should rest, bringing in 9 tricks, as long as you take out trumps straight away and take your 4 Hearts, 4 Clubs and One Diamond.

Last updated : 15th May 2019 19:39 BST
Board 15 on Wednesday 8th May 2019
Board No 15 N/S Vul Dealer South
NS EW Bid By Ld Tks +Sc -Sc + -

1

3

4spade W   12   480 4 0

5

2

5diamond* E heart 11   550 2 2

6

4

5diamond* E A 13   750 0 4

 

Leading your partner's suit worked better than leading an A. Is this true in general?

Bidding shown is for pairs 6 & 4. What should W bid (provided they don't panic!)? - Pass, Redouble or 6  ?

You certainly get some hands on a Wednesday!

Firstly, the bidding.

South passes, West opens One ♠ (some will open 4♠ )  and North pre-empts with 3 .

What should East bid? 

Any change of suit at the 3 or 4 level is forcing to game, so there is no rush to bid 5 . Just bid 4  to show the length of the suit and strength of the hand.

West may just sign off in 5 , or make a splinter bid of 4 to show a void or the Ace of  , or they may bid 4NT asking for Aces ( or controls).

When it comes to South's lead, leading partner's suit is always advisable unless you have a singleton or a death wish! The only sensible alternative would be a trump.

If East has a void (as they do here), leading the Ace ♠ is suicidal, giving an easy 13 tricks.  If both E and W have at least one, your Ace will win in the end.

On any other lead, East makes just 11 tricks.

If the contract is 4♠ , West will only make 11 tricks as long as South doesn't ruff a long Diamond. In the end, West will have to Ruff and lead away from their long suit.

 

 

Last updated : 10th May 2019 16:03 BST
Board 12 on Wednesday 24th April 2019

 

Board No 12 N/S Vul Dealer West
NS EW Bid By Ld Tks +Sc -Sc + -

1

7

2NT S spade 10 180   7 1

2

8

2diamond E club 9   110 0 8

4

9

2spade W 7club 7 50   2 6

6

5

4diamond E Aclub 7 150   4 4

10

3

2NT S spade 10 180   7 1

 

Since 3NT by N/S would have made a sacrifice of 4 E was a good call.

How could N/S have known not to leave E/W in 2 or 2♠ ?

The first thing to note is that 3NT by South should NOT make.

On a Diamond lead, East takes the first 6 tricks.

Why West should lead a Spade away from K J is a mystery....

but then how South bids NT with no Diamond stop after East has bid the suit is also a mystery, or inspired!!!

The only North/South game contract to make is 5 Clubs.

With this distribution, bidding will be fierce.

The bidding could possibly have gone Pass - Pass- 1 - Double - Pass (or 1♠ ) - 1   (or2♣ ) - 2   - Double (showing the black suits) - Pass- 4♣ - Pass- 5♣  .

South won't leave East in 2 if they feel a game is on. If South has bid their ♠ suit, West may we'll push on to sacrifice. They are non-vulnerable against Vulnerable, so all the more reason to be aggressive.

Last updated : 25th Apr 2019 15:07 BST
Board 16 on 24th April 2019

 

Board No 16 E/W Vul Dealer West
NS EW Bid By Ld Tks +Sc -Sc + -

1

9

3club E heart 9   110 5 3

3

5

3spade* S club 5   800 0 8

4

10

3club E 4heart 9   110 5 3

6

2

3NT W heart 9   600 2 6

8

7

2heart N club 7   50 8 0

 

Doubling 3♠ by S scored more than W bidding 3NT but doubling 3 by N would not have been as good. How do you know when to double and when to bid?

You really do wonder how South could have bid 3♠  at any point in the auction.

The regular bidding will go Pass - Pass - 1♣  - Pass - 1♠ - Pass- 2NT - Pass- 3 NT.

With East/West vulnerable against non-vulnerable, they will want to bid their game rather than expecting to get the opposition 4 off doubled.

If North or South do introduce their major suit, East will press on to the game. 

Note that, if South bids 1♠ over the opening 1♣ , West will bid 1NT to show the suit covered.

 

Last updated : 25th Apr 2019 15:07 BST
Board 16 on 17th April 2019
Board No 16 E/W Vul Dealer West
NS EW Bid By Ld Tks +Sc -Sc + -

1

9

5heart* S Aclub 9   300 0 8

3

5

4heart S club 9   50 2 6

4

10

4spade N diamond 11 450   8 0

6

2

6club W spade 10 200   6 2

8

7

5club E spade 10 100   4 4

 

Who should have bid what?

There's no right or wrong on this hand - just a freaky distribution where you have to glean what you can from the bidding, assess the posible/probabale layout, and then go for it!

West opens an obvious One   and North will overcall. Depending on style, this will be a jump overcall 2 ♠  (6-card major with 5 - 9 HCP (High Card Points)) or a simple overcall of 1♠ , showing a 5-card suit and 7 - 13/14 HCP.

East won't be kept out of the bidding as they have 12 HCP and a 6-card suit, so either  2 or 3 ♣ .

So now it's down to South. I expect many will bid 4  . They are non-vulnerable against a probable East/West game, so can  go 3 off doubled and still come out on top. If the Kings of Hearts and Spades are onside, , 11 tricks shouild make.

West may well now bid 5 Clubs which should go one down if South leads their partner's suit.

With such wild distribution, it is often wise not to double.....

Last updated : 18th Apr 2019 09:41 BST
Board 1 on 3rd April 2019
Board No 1 None Vul Dealer North
NS EW Bid By Ld Tks +Sc -Sc + -

1

9

3NT W heart 11   460 1 7

2

5

4heart W 8spade 9 50   7 1

4

11

3NT W 6heart 11   460 1 7

8

7

4heart W 8spade 9 50   7 1

12

6

5diamond W 2club 12   420 4 4

 

How did 2 teams get to a 4 contracts?

The bidding shown is for 12 N/S against 6 E/W - is there a bid that 6E can make that would force 6W to bid again?

6E bid 5 - should 6W have had the courage to bid 6 ?

Firstly, I can only assume that East opens One Spade, West bids 2 Hearts (they should really have 5 Hearts for this bid), East raises to 3 Hearts and West bids the game - down one.

If there is any mention of Diamonds, surely they must be in either No Trumps or Diamonds.

It is very difficult to bid the East/West hands. If the King of Hearts is with South and a Heart is led by North, you are probably only going to make 11 tricks anyway.

Some pairs will have Splinter Bids in their armoury. They can bid (STOP) 4 Clubs, agreeing Diamonds (game forcing) and showing a shortage in Clubs. This can easily be misunderstood!

West can cue bid their Ace of Spades (4 Spades) and then East bids 4 No Trump, asking for Aces. When the reply is 5 Hearts, they are showing 2 Aces which must include the Ace of Clubs (if it had been the Ace of Diamonds, they would hace cue bid 4 Diamonds).

East is 'forced' to bid 6 Diamonds - not very scientific!

Possibly the best simple bidding sequence is One Spade - 2 Diamonds- (STOP) 4 Diamonds - 5 Diamonds,  This allows West to either stop at the 4 level, bid the game, or bid Blackwood if they want.

Many pairs will just bid One Spade - (STOP) 3 No Trumps - Pass.

If you played Roman Key Card Blackwood, over 4 Diamonds, West could then bid 4 No Trumps, East 5 Spades (showing 2 of the 5 Keycards (4 Aces and King of Trumps) plus the Queen of Trumps) and West would have a handle on all the high cards.

You are now forced to the slam.

 

Last updated : 5th Apr 2019 14:41 BST
Board 20 on Tuesday 2nd April 2019
Board No 20 Both Vul Dealer West
NS EW Contract By Lead Tricks +Sc -Sc + -

1

2

1  N   10 170   4 8

2

4

1NT W   5 200   7 5

3

6

1  E   6 100   0 12

4

1

2  N   9 140   2 10

5

3

1NT W   5 200   7 5

6

5

4  N ♣  10 620   11 1

7

7

4  N   10 620   11 1

 

How did Teams 6N/S and 7N/S get to a contract of 4by N ?

 

Don't beat yourself up about not bidding the slim Heart game here - it will all depend on your bidding style, partnership agreement and bravado!

You will notice that 3 East/West pairs were declarer. 

This was because, after 2 passes, East has opened One Spade with their very thin 11 High Card Points and 5-card suit. 

This has cut South out of the auction.

West has converted to One No Trump and has inevitably gone down. One West let East play in One Spade.

At the other 4 tables, after 3 Passes, South has opened - One Diamond at 3 tables and  One Club at the other.

If you play 5-card majors, you may well open One Diamond, North replies One Heart and now South has to choose between Pass, or Two or Three Hearts.

At two tables, South probably jumped to Three Hearts and North bid (and made) the game.

At one table, South bid Two Hearts and North passed, making just 9 tricks.

The final pair opened One Club. They play a 5-card major AND Diamond opening, so a One Club bid can be a singleton.

North bid One Heart and South let it go, making 10 tricks.

It is well to notice that most pairs will open the South hand with One Heart - the middle of three connected suits. This will be raised to Two Hearts if they play a 'losing trick count', or 3 Hearts if they feel ambitious. South will then either leave it or punt the game.

This sort of hand is what makes bridge such a fascinating game.

 

Last updated : 3rd Apr 2019 19:48 BST
Board 7 on 19th December 2018

 

Board No 7 Both Vul Dealer South
NS EW Bid By Ld Tks +Sc -Sc + -

1

5

3NT E diamond 8 100   1 3

4

3

3NT E diamond 7 200   4 0

6

2

2NT E diamond 7 100   1 3

 

When W bids Stayman and N bids s can E assume W had s?

 

Stayman is an asking bid. It promises nothing - unless you play 'promissory Stayman'.

In this case, West wanted to know that East had Hearts covered so that they could bid 2 No Trumps.

However, if using Stayman, you must have an idea what you are going to bid whatever the response.

I assume that, after a 2 Diamond response, West will still bid 2 No Trumps, and was really hoping for a Spade fit.

The fact that all Easts failed to make their contract reflects this.

North would surely have gone 2 off in 2 Spades..

 

Last updated : 19th Dec 2018 18:45 GMT
Board 13 on 5th Dec 2018
Board No 183 Both Vul Dealer North
NS EW Bid By Ld Tks +Sc -Sc + -

5

1

1NT

N

spade

9

150

 

4

4

6

4

2heart

E

diamond

6

200

 

7

1

10

3

2diamond

W

spade

6

200

 

7

1

11

9

1NT

N

spade

8

120

 

2

6

12

7

3spade

E

diamond

8

100

 

0

8

 

How did E find the ♠ s to get max points?

Hmmm......

You would expect experienced players, playing a weak No Trump, (12-14) to open the North hand with One No Trump and for this to be passed out.

There may be a pair that opens one Club (or One Diamond), either because they play a Strong No Trump or because they don't like their weak holding in the majors.

There also may be an East that overcalls on a 4 -card suit....there are one or two in the club.....

If North has opened One Club, it may have become competitive, with South supporting the suit.

There may also be a West who raises their partner's suit with 4-card support - I can understand this in a competitive auction where they assume their partner has a 5-card suit and they are bidding to the level of the fit.

Other suggestions, please....

Last updated : 6th Dec 2018 09:29 GMT
Board 18 on 28th Nov 2018
Board No 18 N/S Vul Dealer East
NS EW Bid By Ld Tks +Sc -Sc + -

2

3

4heart W spade 8 100   4 2

4

1

3spade N diamond 8   100 2 4

5

7

3club S diamond 5   400 0 6

8

6

2diamond N Aheart 9 110   6 0

 

A contract in every suit! Only 2 made.

What inspired N to bid 1 instead of 1NT?

It all depends on your bidding system.

If you play a strong no trump (15-17) and 5-card majors, you will open the North hand, after 3 passes, with your better minor, one Diamond.

South will raise to 2 Diamonds and that will complete the auction for a top result.

Any pair playing a weak no trump (12-14)  will open One No Trump and this should be left. It should go one off.

If East/West try to get into the auction by overcalling (or opening) Hearts, they may well make 9 tricks.

Of course, it could be that North didn't count their HCP and then didn't open One♠ .....

From Deb - who won in 2 

13 of my 14 points are in my 2 4-card suits. Ron Klinger says if you have non-touching 4-card suits, you bid your suits up the line to keep the bidding low eg lowest suit first. If my points had been evenly spread amongst the 4 suits, I probably would have bid 1NT with that shape.

klinger also advocates a 16-18 strong no trump.....

what do you do if partner responds Two Clubs? Can't bid Two Diamonds, can't bid two Spades , can't  bid two no trumps...

Last updated : 2nd Dec 2018 13:17 GMT
Board 7 on 21st Nov 2018
Board No 7 Both Vul Dealer South
NS EW Bid By Ld Tks +Sc -Sc + -

1

5

2diamond E club 5 300   8 0

2

7

2NT W club 9   150 2 6

4

3

Pass           4 4

8

10

2diamond S diamond 8 90   6 2

9

6

2club N diamond 6   200 0 8

 

The Rule of 15 says East should Pass Out. Looks like bidding something was a better bid.

How can East make that decision? How does West know to go into NTs?

Pass is the correct bid. There are some partnerships that will open One No Trump on ten  HCP after three passes, but not recommended!

So how did 4 pairs reach a contract?

South and West certainly can't open the bidding.

North must therefore have opened One Club, and East will Pass.

South should now bid One Spade and North will call Two Clubs.

South now calls Two Diamonds and that becomes the final contract, which will make, probably exactly.

So how does East get into Two Diamonds? Must be an 'adventurous ' East who overcalls with a 4-card suit?!

i can see that, if East does open with a very light One No Trump, West will raise to Two NT and may luckily come to eight or nine tricks.

Last updated : 22nd Nov 2018 16:50 GMT
Board 1 on 14 November 2018

 

What does South bid next?

 
Board No 1 None Vul Dealer North
NS EW Bid By Ld Tks +Sc -Sc + -

1

2

4heart N Adiamond 9   50 2 4

5

7

3NT S Jclub 7   100 0 6

6

3

3diamond E spade 8 50   4 2

10

9

3spade N diamond 9 140   6 0

Pass!

North has originally passed and South has made a simple overcall.

For North to take out the overcall, all the bid can mean is 'I am short in your suit , possibly void, and I have a 6-card major. Please leave'

In this situation, afyter East's 3 Diamonds and a Pass from South, North may well bid 3 Hearts, showing a 6-5 hand, and this will be left for a good result.

Last updated : 15th Nov 2018 08:53 GMT
Board 4 on 7 Nov 2018
Board No 4 Both Vul Dealer West
NS EW Bid By Ld Tks +Sc -Sc + -

1

10

3NT N diamond 10 630   10 0

2

6

3NT N diamond 7   200 1 9

3

11

2club N diamond 10 130   8 2

4

7

3NT N diamond 8   100 4 6

5

12

2NT N diamond 8 120   6 4

9

8

3NT N diamond 7   200 1 9

 

How does the defence limit the declarer to 7 tricks?

The question should be 'how does declarer make more than 7 tricks?'

it looks like there are 2 Spade tricks, 2 Diamonds, 2 Hearts and a Club, so where do more tricks come from?

Win the opening Diamond lead with the King.

Lead a Spade, East plays the 9, dummy the 10 and West wins with the Queen.

A Diamond is returned and you win with the Ace.

The Ace of Spades drops the King and you play a Spade to the Jack. East has to find a discard, probably one of their Diamond winners.

 The Ace and King of Hearts and a third Heart means that they can take their Heart and Diamond winners, but are then endplayed as they have to lead away from their King/Jack of Clubs.

8 tricks made.

What if East decides to discard a Club instead of a Diamond? Now a Diamond to East's winners will allow them to take 3 Diamonds but then they may play a Club. This will give Declarer the rest of the tricks.

9 tricks made.

 

Last updated : 7th Nov 2018 20:23 GMT
Board 4 on 31 Oct 2018

 

How does South make 6 Diamonds?

 

Board No 4 Both Vul Dealer West
NS EW Bid By Ld Tks +Sc -Sc + -

1

3

4spade N club 10 620   4 2

2

10

4spade N diamond 9   100 1 5

7

4

6diamond S   12 1370   6 0

9

5

5diamond S spade 10   100 1 5

First, the bidding.

West will Pass and North should open a cautious One Spade. It may seem that there are only 3 losers, but the hand is full of holes and can't  guarantee 8 tricks.

After East passes, what does South bid? Certainly looking for a game in Diamonds, but looks odds on for a slam.....

It will depend on what slam conventions you play. Whatever you play, take our time. If North has two Aces, a small slam seems likely, but if they only have one, you need to stop in five Diamonds.

 If you use Gerber, bid Four Clubs, then sign off in Five Diamonds.

If you are using Blackwood, bid Four No Trumps and again leave the Five Diamond response.

Now the play:

If West leads either black suit, East will take their two Aces.

West has probably led a trump, and then 13 tricks roll in - 8 Diamonds and then 5 Hearts from the top.

So what if a Heart is led? 

Take the Ace, King and Queen - discarding your singleton Club - and then the King of Spades.

East will win their Ace, but then South can trump a Club , draw Trumps and cross to the Queen of Spades and the two master Hearts.

alternatively, East will play a Spade back to the Queen, then a Club Ruff and 12 tricks made.

How do the defence make 3 tricks? No idea!

Can only think that a black card is led, East takes their two Aces and leads a Spade back.

If you try to get back to hand by ruffling a Spade, you will set up West's 10 of Diamonds.

Chris

 

How I let Defence win 3 tricks... Penny

West 5♠, Dummy K♠, East A♠, Declarer 4♠

East 6♠ , South 7♠ , West ♠ , Dummy Q♠ 

Now what do I lead?

I chose... Dummy Q♣ , East A♣ , Declarer J♣ , West ♣ 

East J♠, Declarer A...

And now West's 10 makes for their 3rd trick.

Now I can see the whole hand I can see that I should have led  s throwing the J♣ on the 3rd heart and then trumping a ♣ to get back into hand to draw trumps. But that relies on a 3/3 split in hearts, which is less likely than a 4/2 split AND me recognising that (a bit advanced for me).

I like to think they were very good defenders :-)

Actually, a 4-2 Heart split doesn't matter. If the 4 are with East, just discard your club on the third Heart and you win the rest.

if West has 4 Hearts and East trumps, just over-ruff, draw trumps and lose the club at the end.

Last updated : 2nd Nov 2018 08:57 GMT
Board 16 on 3rd October 2018

Looks like NS should have left West in 3 clubs!

How do you know when to stop bidding?

Board No 16 E/W Vul Dealer West
NS EW Bid By Ld Tks +Sc -Sc + -
2
9
3spade S diamond 8   50 2 4
4
8
1heart S club 6   50 2 4
5
3
3club W   8 100   6 0
7
1
3spade S heart 8   50 2 4

West will open One Club, North will Pass and East bids One Heart.

what does South now call? They could overcall their Spades, and indeed 2 Spades will make,  but this is an intermediate bid (8-15 points) so perhaps better to just Pass for the moment and see what happens.

west now calls One Spade and North passes. 

East must dissuade any further bids and just bid One No Trump ( or possibly 2 Clubs).

what does South bid? Both his major suits have been bid so if they double , it may be a disaster - and so it will be! East/West will make 8 tricks in No Trumps -5 Clubs, 2 Diamonds and either a Spade or Heart.

it may be that West will then bid 2 Clubs (which makes) or they may Pass and North bid 2 Diamonds, which should go at least one off.

Optimum contract is One No Trump by East for +120, with perhaps 2 Diamonds by North going one off the best for North/South.

 

Last updated : 3rd Oct 2018 22:44 BST
Board 17 on 26 Sep 2018

Does 4♠ by South make?

What should West bid if South bids 4♠ ?

Click on Show Answer below to see comments by Chris Nichols

Board No 17 None Vul Dealer North
NS EW Bid By Ld Tks +Sc -Sc + -

1

4

3NT W diamond 9   400 0 4

7

5

5club E spade 9 100   3 1

8

6

5club* E spade 10 100   3 1

After North passes, East pre-empts with 3Clubs.

What does South bid?

If they double, West can bid 5 Clubs (bid to the level of the fit - 7 + 4) and North is stuck for a bid. 

Alteratively, West can punt at 3NT , which will make unless North leads the Queen of Spades to unblock the suit.

If South decides to bid 4 Spades, this will make, with 5 Clubs going just one off - optimum contracts.

To make 4 Spades, West will probably lead a Club.

This is ruffed by South and a Diamond led towards dummy. If West ducks, win with the Queen and play a Spade back to hand. 

Lead another Diamond. Whether West their Ace wins now or later, you are going to make 6 Spade tricks, 3 Diamonds and the Ace of Hearts - maybe 11 if West leads a Heart!

Last updated : 2nd Oct 2018 14:43 BST
Board 19 on 19 Sep 2018

 

Hand 19

Board No 19 E/W Vul Dealer South
NS EW Bid By Ld Tks +Sc -Sc + -

2

5

3diamond N Aheart 9 110   4 0

4

3

5club S diamond 9   100 2 2

8

7

6club S heart 8   200 0 4

The normal Acol bidding will start with One Diamond from North - too strong to pre-empt and not strong enough for a 2-level bid.

East will now bid One Spade and South now needs to consider carefully.

2 Clubs is too strong and One No Trump suggests a Spade control. Maybe consider a Double, showing minimum points but no Spade stop.

West will now bid 4 Spades (which will make) and both North and South will need to consider whether to sacrifice in their minor.

5 Diamonds by North doubled will go 2 off for -300, a good sacrifice, whereas 5 Clubs doubled by South should only make 7 tricks on best defence, - 800.

Last updated : 27th Sep 2018 09:41 BST