Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Responding to Partner

Here is your hand:
♠73
Q
QJ9765
♣9765

Partner is Dealer and opens the bidding 1♠. Your RHO says "Pass". It is your turn to bid. You are vulnerable and the opponents are not. You are playing matchpoints. What is your call?

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Defence

DEFENCE! Defence is VERY difficult. Too many things to keep track of and you have NO IDEA what Partner has! But we all have to defend at times. So it is best to get used to it. (Or bid more.)

Here is your hand:
♠JT73
QT73
Q5
♣J74

The contract is 1NT. Your RHO opened the bidding 1NT and was allowed to play there. It is your lead. So what will you lead?

This hand lead a ♠. Technically if you are to lead a ♠ from this holding against NT, you should lead the 3♠. This hand lead the J♠. Not so bad as it turns out.

Dummy comes down with:

Dummy
♠K5
642
J982
♣A653
Us!
♠JT73
QT73
Q5
♣J74
RHO
???
Declarer
???


Declarer plays small from Dummy. Partner plays a card and Declarer plays a card. You WON the trick!

At this point you might be thinking that you should maybe have paid attention to what the other people played. You didn't. But they probably all followed suit and you don't give signals to each other anyhow (too complicated!) so it wouldn't matter if you did pay attention. It is now your play. What do you do?

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Rebids

Here is your hand:
♠Q752
AQJ7
AJ62
♣A

You are Dealer. What do you open the bidding?

I think most players would open this 1. This shows at least three and 13 (good 12?) or more HCP.

Your Partner now bids 1. That shows at least four and at least 6 HCP.

What will you bid over Partner's 1 response?

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