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Thoughtful Defence Pays

I wonder how many readers are aware of the fact that you need to defend quite differently against 1NT than against 3NT. Or a part score in a suit, as against game. This very simple illustration from a recent match point session will, I hope, help the reader understand that there are thirteen tricks in every deal, and that in all circumstances there are lots of options to take as many of these as required, or possible.

Board 2 Dealer E NS Vul

AK8
K7
T63
A9852
T765
QJ82
J7
643
93
AT63
KQ54
QJ7
QJ42
952
A982
KT

Vil Reviews 23THU

Wednesday Review 20
This week, while teams is still on, I want to review a couple of hands from the previous Thursday, where declarers in one, and defenders in the other, went wrong when they really should not have.

Board 2 Dealer E NS Vul

K75
T9843
A
QJ98
AQ83
KQJ2
QT85
K
J942
A75
2
AT764
T6
6
KJ97643
532

Would YOU risk a preempt of 3D with the South hand?

Rate Yourself 04

This time you are a defender. Here is a very simple exercise for you. The bidding has been Match Points;
Dealer E EW Vul

SouthWestNorthEast
-1Pass1
Pass1NTPass3NT
PassPassPass

West's rebid shows 15-16 HCP. North (your partner) leads the four of clubs and this the set up:
Dummy (East)

AT7
QT84
AT2
J83

You (South)

K9
A9732
987
Q95

Your first question: write down some possible hands that partner could have (only the club suit - forget the others).

Rate Yourself 03

Rate Yourself 03
Here you are in 3NT as South, after a sort of misunderstanding with partner. Let's have a look at how
things are.

North (dummy)

QT62
982
AKT85
7

South (you)

J75
AQJ3
J74
QJ6

West leads the four of clubs and when East produces the nine, you win the jack. What should you be thinking?

Rate Yourself 02

Here is the next ‘rating’ exercise. To make it easier for you to answer the next question, I have reproduced it here, all you have to do is reply below to this email. I have had very few responses from the first mailer so please try and answer this one even if you think you may be wrong, that is how you will learn to improve!~
With best wishes,
Vil

Rate Yourself 01

Because teams bridge has started this week, I will not be doing a review as I cannot get the hand records and results together for analysis.

However, I did start a new series where the readers could answer some problems and rate themselves. That seemed to go down quite well with a number of readers, and a big thank you to those who participated by sending in their answers.

Message from Vil

Hi there “Wednesday Review” readers.

Wed21 Play

This one is adapted from Wednesday 25 May X-Club computer deals. You may recognise it but that is not relevant here.

You are declarer in 4S and the lead is the four of diamonds. When you play low from dummy, East produces the king. How will you continue?
This is the set up:

A852
J93
T73
KQ4

KQJ964
Q7
AJ86
A

Vil on 25WED

This week, a couple of bidding problems. You are EAST and North is dealer, EW Vulnerable.
North opens 1S. What is your bid holding
Board 5 Dealer N EW Vul

AQ9
K764
54
KT94

Hand 5 from Week 20

You are declarer in 3NT and the lead is the SEVEN OF HEARTS. Don't ask me how the bidding went for you to end up in 3NT but believe me it WAS the best contract as it happens. How will you plan your play? This is the set up:

T7
AJ65
JT9843
5

AQ8432
K
KQ76
AQ

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