Vil Gravis's blog

Talk to Your Partner

Good bidding by one person in a partnership can sometimes be undone by impetuosity on the part of the other.
Board 28 from 13-06-2019
Dealer W NS Vul

AQ3
KQ863
54
AK7
T7
JT
QJ98763
T2
J54
A974
T
98543
K9862
52
AK2
QJ6

Declare and Defend Series Coming Up

I am about to start on a new series “Declare and Defend”. As an example of what that series will focus on, here is an example. If you were one of the many Wests who made fewer than TWELVE tricks in a spade contract, then maybe you would benefit from the series.

Board 13 from Thursday 6/06/2019
Dealer N All Vul

JT
J3
K875
KQ632
AKQ843
AT42
J84
962
AKT975
6
A97
75
Q8642
QJ93
T5

Follow-Up

Thank you for your input from last week, folks. It is always apparent that the general standard of declarer play AND defence does need considerable improvement. For those of you who are interested in improving the way you think about things in the play, I am reproducing last week’s deal and suggesting some things you should think about when declarer. Those of you who responded did show that you were prepared to think and not just play your cards out and hope for the best.

Board 16 from 5/06/19
Dealer W EW Vul

2
5
A98732
KQJ83
9865
QJ9743
K6
2
AQJ43
A6
QT
A976
KT7
KT82
J54
T54

Question Time

An ordinary 1NT opening bid can often lead to all sorts of end results, as evidenced by this deal.
Board 11 from Thursday 6/06/2019
Dealer S Nil Vul

6
K8764
A6
AK976
Q982
AT5
KJ75
QJ
KT7543
Q32
T83
T
AJ
J9
Q942
85432

It's the Thought that Counts

This week we see the first session of a Swiss Pairs at our club, so I will be looking for deals where an emphasis on teams play strategy is necessary to achieve best results. That means bidding confidently to your games, and taking great care in your declarer play, as well as good defence. All that will come with more play and learning. Maybe I will get some responses from readers this week, I still have not had any responses to the previous review which asked for suggestions on declarer play.

Board 16 from 5/06/19
Dealer W EW Vul

2
5
A98732
KQJ83
9865
QJ9743
K6
2
AQJ43
A6
QT
A976
KT7
KT82
J54
T54

A Right Royal Tussle ..

Competing at low levels is a big part of the match point game, and lighter than normal opening bids can help or hinder both sides. South’s opening of 1D third in hand was reasonable enough, and it made life difficult for EW. It should not have but it seems that it did.

Board 21 from Thursday 30/5/19
Dealer N NS Vul

AJ43
32
AT872
75
KQ865
Q974
AKQ9
T2
A865
963
T863
97
KJT
KQJ54
J42

The Naughty Corner ...

Some basic bidding lessons were clearly ignored when this board came up.

Board 6 from 29/05/2019
Dealer E EW Vul

KJ95
2
KJ742
AK3
7
AQT864
T63
J97
AQT64
J7
AQ85
T8
832
K953
9
Q6542

Skating on Thin Ice

Competing over an opponent’s 1NT can be fraught with danger, as many EW pairs discovered when they played this deal. It certainly helps, if you’re going to have the nerve to come in with a poor hand, if your declarer play is good enough to handle what may happen later.

Board 6 from Thursday 23/05/2019
Dealer E EW Vul

A
T98632
K92
876
Q9853
AJ4
84
QJ5
7642
AQT53
AT42
KJT
KQ75
J76
K93

Over The Top ...

Sacrifice bidding is something that few new players have as yet mastered, and perhaps that is just as well. But it helps to understand what it is about and how you can recognise when you have a good enough hand to compete, be it at a low part score level, or much higher.

Board 13 from 22/05/2019
Dealer N All Vul

A9
AJ987
KJ
AJ83
KJT762
Q6
T872
T
Q843
3
A653
KQ72
5
KT542
Q94
9654

A Risque Business

As declarer, what risks are you prepared to take for extra match points? And how do you assess your risk? Here is a very good example of when you might consider taking a risk and why.

Board 15 from Thursday 16/05/2019
Dealer S NS Vul

QT9
KJT753
6
A83
K4
A96
T84
KQ975
J76532
82
J975
4
A8
Q4
AKQ32
JT62

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