Release 2.19o
SUFFOLK SIMS

The 'form book' says Tony Philpott and David Price are the top two players in the county - and so it proved in this year's Suffolk Simultaneous Pairs.

The Clare pair joined forces to score an outstanding 75.76% to win the annual renewal from Conor Bignell & Cleopatra Hensby who also had the magic seven at the front of their score - 71.44%. Tom Sharp & Brian Dean from Frinton finished third. 132 pairs from nine clubs took part.

To read Malcolm Pryor's commentary on the boards, please click on SIMS COMMENTARY

BIDDING PRACTICE
BIDDING PRACTICE

They're back! Chris Green and his team of county players have produced the latest set of boards for The Auction.

Click on THE AUCTION and you will see the East and West hands for eight boards. Work out how you would bid a hand and then click on Show Answer.

TOLLEMACHE QUALIFIER

Suffolk took part in the inter-county Tollmache qualifier last weekend. Click on TOLLEMACHE to read county captain Rick Hanley's report

ECL LEAGUE

Suffolk travelled to Barleylands to take on Essex at the weekend and, unusually, two of the three matches ended in 10-10 draws.

The A team held a solid lead with the final eight board session to go but the hosts staged a comeback to prevail 12-8. Both the B and C teams tied their games.

To see all the results, click on Suffolk v Essex

ANALYSIS
ANALYSIS

Chris Chambers was a member of a team which did particularly well at the EBU Summer Meeting in Eastbourne.

Malcolm reports on a slam hand in the final match which helped to determine the finishing positions. To read more, click on Suffolk@TheNationals

'PLAY IT AGAIN' FEATURE
'PLAY IT AGAIN' FEATURE

Don't you just wish sometimes that you could play a hand again?

Well, you can...thanks to the wonders of Bridgewebs.

The 'Play It Again' feature is not that well known, but easy to use.

On your club website (or this one) just go to Results, click on any pairing and you will see below the hand 'Play It Again' (arrowed)

(if any club webmaster would like the graphics for this article to upload on to their website just e mail@suffolkbridge.co.uk)

SECURITY OF BOARDS
The EBU has offered some guidance on ensuring the 'security' of duplimated boards at clubs, which has been endorsed by the SCBA. To read more please click on SECURITY
WEBMASTERS

Richard Evans & Paul Rickard are the webmasters running Suffolk's dedicated bridge website.

If you would like to publicise a forthcoming event or submit a news item for this website click Richard or Paul

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In all the boards below, N and S Pass, unless stated otherwise.

With hands 5, 6, and 7 click on 'Show Detail' to reveal the hands.

After you have worked out how you would bid the board, click on ‘Show Answer’ and compare your bidding with that of the experts!

Click on CONVENTION CARD to see bidding system

Good luck!

BOARD 1

West

East

1  2 
3♣  5  
Pass  

5 is a very good spot. Can we get there? And can we get there other than we can tell from looking at the two hands we want to be in it? (this will be a perennial problem for the way this feature is done!). I think we can get to 5. If we use Losing Trick Count (LTC) we will respond 3 to West's 1. That should be enough to get West excited.

If we bid 2 as East then the question moves to West as to whether its worth a move or not. If West makes game try of 3♣ then East should recognise that her hand has just got a whole lot better. Five trumps, AQJx of partner's second suit and a singleton. The auction I have given has East jumping to 5 which I think is the right valuation but if you are confident you and partner are on the same wavelength East should bid 4 (over 3♣) which would be a splinter bid.

BOARD 2

West

East

  1 
2♣  2 
3  3 
4  Pass

I think the key moment is what does East rebid over 3? Show the 6th Heart or the Spade stop? I'm sure at the table I would bid 3NT. As one of expert panel explains this could well be wrong as over 3, West could bid 3♠ (fourth suit forcing) if she was worried about Spades and wanted to play in 3NT. I have been persuaded of the logic of this so have been converted to the idea of showing the 6th heart. 

BOARD 3

West

East

1♣  1 
4  Pass

Over 1♥ how many Hearts are we worth? I'm forcing all the way to 4. You could try 3♠ as a splinter and agrees Hearts. If you don't play this or not sure how partner would take it then bid 4 (and then have the discussion with partner as to what 3♠ should mean). This is a hand where it probably depends on whether you are playing pairs or teams. This theme will come up again and again - at Teams there is a premium for bidding your games so when decisions are close you stretch to bid game.

At Pairs there is no real upside to being in thin games. You will find that I come very much from a teams background so will always err on stretching to thin games. I will try and be clear when I think I have done this. In short - West should probably rebid 3 at Pairs and force to game at Teams.

BOARD 4

West

East

1NT 2♣ 
2  Pass

I have had a lot of conversation with my class about the point count requirements for Stayman. Somehow they were of the belief (which I'm claiming very strongly they did not get from me!) that you need 11+ points to use Stayman. I don't believe this is true and is not how it is taught on the EBU course. Most of my expert panel thought this was a good hand for Stayman and landed into 2.

BOARD 5

West

East

1  2 
Pass  

So we have 25 points and want to play in 2?! Playing losing trick count (LTC) we have a chance as both East and West will have their feet on the brakes using LTC. I have given the auction driven by LTC. If people are unfamiliar with LTC they can email me and I'll try and find some stuff which explains it. If you play much teams bridge - a version of the game which pays a premium  for bidding games - you will not win very often if you play hands with 25 points in part scores. Given what I said on hand 3 I  can't imagine I would end up in 2 if this happened at the table rather than in a quiz.

BOARD 6

West

East

1  1NT
2  3 
Pass  

Another hand where some partnership discussion would be useful. I got some interesting comments from the experts. Some were passing 2, some were raising to 3 - which is what I prefer. I'm the camp of knowing that 2 is not forcing but I'm not going to pass very often as 2 can be quite wide ranging in strength. And therefore I'm certainly not passing with five card Diamond support. If partner has a weaker hand and I passed 2 there must be a real chance that the oppenents would back into the auction and find their Spade or Club fit.

BOARD 7

West

East

  1NT
3  3♠ 
4♣  4 
6  Pass

According to our System card 3 is Game Forcing and a Slam invite in Hearts to seems like the right start if that's how you play it. If you are not sure how you get things on a Slam footing after partner has opened 1NT this is a discussion worth  having. The other discussion that is worth having is what is your cue bidding style once you start to Cue Bid. I had six submissions from my expert panel and they found six different ways to bid the slam. Shows that it’s a tough game but they can smell a slam and find a way to bid it. In the auction I have given 3♠, 4♣ and 4 are all cue bids and after 4 West thinks she's heard enough to bid the Slam

BOARD 8

North will overcall 2♠ (weak)

West

East

  Pass
1♣  (2♠) Pass
X 3 
4  Pass

North will overcall 2♠ (weak). Hopefully everybody plays West's Double as Takeout. What should East bid over the Double? This is where its useful for partnerships to have some discussion and life is easier of you have a bit of system here. Many  people play something called Lebensohl in these sorts of situations. This means in the auction given 3 shows some values.  Even playing Lebensohl. East's is marginal but the 5th Heart makes it worth (I think) the constructive bid of 3.