Dorking Bridge Club
Release 2.19n
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Registered charity number 1165095

23rd July 2019
Hand 1

South is a reasonable 15 so cannot bid 1NT so 1 the lower of 2 four card majors, givingpartner an easy bid of 1♠ .

South has to decide between 2 and 3♠ s.

3 aces are good, no good intermediates. Either bid is OK. 

In both cases North has a balanced  hand 5332, both Js are weak, so pass.

Hand 2

A lot of options for bidding.

Some East’s May open 2♠, not meeting the 5-9 HCP range but with an extra ♠. With the favourable vulnerability in position 1 some may bid 3♠.

when pre-emptying, the best position is 3, if partner has passed and the opponent on your right has passed and you have a weak hand that means opponent on your left has a load of points, so pre-empt if you have a long suit. Second best position for a pre-empt is in position 1. In position 2 you are at increas3 risk of pre-emoting your partner.

if East opens 2 or 3♠, west will raise to 4. North will with double and South will probably bid 5 , though 4♠ Should go off.

Hand 3

Standard 3♣ pre-empt by West.

North has a good 4 loser hand so needs very little from South for game. However the bidding is high. A double may clarify things. The danger for North bidding 3♠ is that it is easy for South to pass. Though the Singleton ♣ is important and support for ♠ s could make it attractive to bid 4.

After North doubles if East passes, South should bid 3 the lower of 2 4 card majors and kiss the better fit.

Hand 4

East opens 1♣, south overcalls 1 .

west can show support for the ♣ s. With 2HCPs many west’s will pass.

north with 10HCPs can bid 2 . South has probably denied 4♠ s as he bid 1 rather than doubling, so better to bid 2 s.

East and South pass.

west competes with 3♣ s and South can bid 3 s.


Hand 7

 1 by South with an easy rebid of 2♣ .

West can show shape by overcalling 1♠ and then bidding the  s.

North shows ♣ s.

As East can show ♠ support later, could bid 2 s.

South shows support with 3♣ s.

West knows of a 10 card   fit so can easily bid 4 s based on the law of total tricks

North should find a good sacrifice of 5♣ s.

Then west or East may find 5 s.


Hand 10

East’s hand shape is wrong for a 1NT, so open 1 .

South will overcall 1♠  and West will bid 2 .

North will pass.

East should pass. The Q doubleton and the Q♠ with a 1♠ overcall on left suggest caution.

South May double to compete though the shape is not great.

 West will probably pass, though 3 may be bid. Otherwise North will bid 3 and be overcalled by East with 3 S.


Hand 13

1♠  after 3 passes.

Then  East can bid 2 s with 8+ and 5s.

West can jump to 3♠ s with only 15 HCPs. Should be 16+ but West has 3 10s, unbalanced with a singleton and solidish ♠ s. If  west bids 2♠ s this will be passed out.

East opposite 16+ and 6♠ s can bid 4♠ s with a good source of tricks in  s and 2♠ s.


Hand 14

Natural bidding until West on second bid can see a ♠ fit and around 30+ HCPs so can explore slam.

Normal Blackwood 4NT asks for Aces and East shows 2 Aces. East has less than 16HCPs (by bidding 2 s after a 1♠  opening bid) so a grand slam is unlikely (though it makes with the fineses available).

Hand 15

West opens 1♣  and East responds 1 .

West shows 17-18 HCPs by bidding 2NT.

East knows they have a minimum of 32HCPs and can bid 6NT. 


Hand 22

East has a standard weak 2 s

South with only a singleton cannot bid 2NT or double so bids 3 s.

North thinks 3NT is on with his 13 HCPS opposite someone who has overcalled, but he needs a  stop. So bidding the opposition suit here is asking for a stop (opener has shown 6 so it cannot be a normal bid). South has great stops and bids 3NT.