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A Delicate Rock Crusher

How would you value the East hand? If you like to count losers, how many losers? Would you open the East hand 1S or a game forcing 2C? Would you be happy to play in 1S if partner cannot respond, or would you be prepared to be in game in either major irrespective of what partner has? And if partner can make a positive response to a 2C opening bid, will you definitely bid a slam?

Board 22 from Thursday 22/08/2019
Dealer E EW Vul

96
KT4
KQ963
854
54
865
AJ84
KQ93
AKQJ82
AQ932
T
2
T73
J7
752
AJT76

That's Unusual

It should be much easier to bid the EW hands to game than to actually make the game, which of course should be 3NT. The bidding should be simple: 1H from East, 1S from West, and 3NT from East. It may be complicated if NS are playing the "Unusual No Trump”, and that is worth a mention.

Board 13 from Wednesday 21/08/2019
Dealer E All Vul

KJ972
J9543
86
T
AT84
72
K42
8742
Q65
KQT8
AJT
AK6
3
A6
Q9753
QJ953

Take some time to explore

What is the best way for EW to get to the best contract after North opens a weak 2S?

Board 17 from Thursday 15/08/2019
Dealer N Nil Vul

KJT754
Q87
3
JT6
A9
AKT63
K762
K3
62
952
AJ9
A9875
Q83
J4
QT854
Q42

Life on the Edge

The auction by NS might start slowly but it escalates after South's 2S opening is passed round to East who bids 3C.

Board 11 from Wednesday 14/08/2019
Dealer S Nil Vul

K94
864
AQJT72
Q
T32
T753
43
J863
8
AKJ
K985
AKT95
AQJ765
Q92
6
742

Bread and Butter, Anyone?

What is this West hand worth when East opens 1C, West responds 1H, and East rebids 1NT (15-17)?

Board 18 from Thursday 8/08/2019
Dealer E NS Vul

64
A4
AT543
J542
AQ85
JT8763
97
T
KT2
KQ
QJ62
A763
J973
952
K8
KQ98

The Value of a Trump Suit

The bidding by NS on this hand should be so simple that I am quite shocked to see that only FOUR of TWELVE pairs at my Hutt club ended up in 4H, the others playing the hand in either 3NT or 2NT.

Board 16 from Wednesday 7/08/2019
Dealer W EW Vul

T5
KQT9653
9
943
K32
J87
T875
Q82
Q976
42
KQ4
AT75
AJ84
A
AJ632
KJ6

Transfers are The Go

Do you play transfers, and if so, how do you play them? This deal provided a number of different results in our Swiss Pairs event, though the results may be different in a match point session.

Board 19 from Thursday 1/08/2019
Dealer S EW Vul

AT7
QJ842
A9
T98
J863
AT
KJ743
75
KQ92
973
T62
QJ2
54
K65
Q85
AK643

Responder's Reverse a Powerful Hint

The EW hands in this deal should always be bid to 4H, and that should happen even if East’s king of spades is a small spot card.

Board 2 from 31/07/2019
Dealer E NS Vul

8753
92
742
QT43
J62
7
KJT9
AK962
K
AKJT853
83
J85
AQT94
Q64
AQ65
7

Controls: Ace = 2, King = 1

Board 12 from Thursday 25/07/2019
Dealer W NS Vul

T54
AJ53
KJ973
6
632
872
T52
Q984
QJ98
KT94
86
T73
AK7
Q6
AQ4
AKJ52

NT or the Major?

Board 10 from 24/07/2019
Dealer E All Vul

A
AT92
AQ6
AQ853
963
7
JT95
J9762
KQ8
KQJ63
872
T4
JT7542
854
K43
K

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