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“The art of table talk”

Board 23 from Friday 25/11/22
Dealer South All Vul

AK86
9862
KT3
J5
J3
JT
J6
AQ98743
T75
AKQ3
Q94
KT2
Q942
754
A8752
6

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This week, a real fun as well as educational deal that has something for everyone.
Board 12 from Wednesday 23/11/22
Dealer West NS Vul

Q2
Q987654
K652
K94
J
AQ92
QJT84
AT8765
KT876
A9
J3
AKT32
J543
73

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This week we have a bonus for aspiring declarers, two exercises for aspiring declarers. You don’t have to bid a grand slam to score 100% when you make all thirteen tricks. Just bidding your games and making overtricks will achieve the same thing but there is always much more to the declarer play than taking your top tricks. The first deal is all about trick development and using your side suit, the second one gives us an example of a fairly simple squeeze.

Board 5 from Wednesday 16/11/22
Dealer North NS Vul

AK854
KJT3
AJ5
9
Q76
5
KT9876
642
J92
9642
Q32
QT5
T3
AQ87
4
AKJ873

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This deal gave our declarers the opportunity to match Deep Finesse in the play, once again just by following best declarer play recommendations without the need to see through the cards, as Deep Finesse can do.

Board 17 from Tuesday 15/11/22
Dealer North Nil Vul

QJ874
K3
AK853
7
AK
Q52
QT94
AJ32
T63
AJ764
7
KQ85
952
T98
J62
T964

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This deal comes from an on-line Swiss Pairs event at the Wellington Bridge Club. There’s nothing as satisfying as bidding and making a slam on the very first board, and even more satisfying when you learn later that not one other pair bid and made the slam.

Board 1 from Monday 14/11/22
Dealer North Nil Vul

J96
AQ75
64
Q865
K853
J43
AQT875
AT742
KT
AKT732
Q
9862
KJ932
J94

Progress Reports

As at 11;10pm we had 49 of the expected 55 clubs in.

Loveblock Pairs in the Starting Blocks

Welcome to the annual NZ-Wide Pairs. This year we have a great turn-out of 56 clubs from Kerikeri to Invercargill.

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The general rule of thumb when playing a No Trump contract is that you play on your longest suit to develop tricks in it. Here, West had two long suits with many potential tricks, but only two stoppers in an outside suit, one of them having been removed on the opening lead, and the other certain to be
removed when the defence win their first trick, which was bound to happen. How then should West as declarer proceed after a spade lead from North?

Board 17 from Tuesday 8/11/22
Dealer North Nil Vul

QJ843
863
J
J542
K9
A54
32
AKT863
A5
KQ9
AT98765
9
T762
JT72
KQ4
Q7

Quick One ..

One quick one for declarers. The bidding is irrelevant, only your side has bid and you are declarer as West in 3NT. North leads the spade four.

K9
A54
32
AKT863
A5
KQ9
AT98765
9

TWO play questions:
1. How do you play this in a match point session.
2. Would you play it any differently in a TEAMS match?

One bidding question: East is dealer. Should EW have bid it differently and not ended up in 3NT at a) match points and b) teams?

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Our X-Clubs readers may be interested in this issue of “Vil’s Corner” from the Hutt Club’s regular newsletter “Finesse”. Entries with answers to the final poser are welcome from members of other clubs and there will be a special prize for the perfect answer. Last month’s posers proved a bit of a challenge. Thanks to “Peter and Dale” who gave two very good, though not perfect, answers.. Well done, and thank you for your contribution. Here are my suggested answers to the questions:

1. Dealer West All Vul

AKQ
KQT5
KQJ84
4
J86542
A92
AT
AK

Playing basic NZ Bridge Acol, how should the bidding go to arrive at the optimum contract?

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