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X-Def 11

This deal presented a very good exercise in defence, but the main lessons to be learnt, I suspect, would have escaped most of the players involved in this deal at the time.

Board 7 from Friday 28/04/23
Dealer South All Vul

K982
985
AK6
T75
QJ743
J632
8
J63
A
AQ4
T9543
AKQ2
T65
KT7
QJ72
984

X-Def 10

Now we have the second deal from Friday’s play, a mundane 2S contract to defend, but not every pair managed to get it right. With a basic opening lead structure and signals, there can be no excuse for not getting the maximum out of the defence, no matter what declarer does.

Board 26 from Friday 21-Mar 2023
Dealer East All Vul

32
AKT3
Q9742
85
86
Q872
KJT
J432
AQJT74
J65
6
KQ6
K95
94
A853
AT97

X-Def 09

Here is a deal from a recent match point session at X-Clubs which will serve to illustrate why it is so important to have a set method of opening leads and signals.

Board 10 from Friday 21/04/23)
Dealer East All Vul

KJ6
J65
A987
K94
T732
A
KT532
QJ3
AQ84
T9732
6
T72
95
KQ84
QJ4
A865

X-Def 08

Signalling is an absolutely indispensible requirement for good defence. Here is another example of why it is so necessary. The following deal comes from a recent match point session where the contracts were either 3NT or 4H. Once more the opening leads should have been different depending on the contract, with the defender on lead each time holding the ace and king in the same suit. The defenders should all have followed the rule that ‘God didn’t deal you both the ace and king in the same suit for you to lead any other suit’. But in one case, against 4H, only the ace is correct, whereas against 3NT either the ace or ‘fourth highest’ would have been acceptable this time. And, before anyone tells me that any lead but a spade from South will defeat 3NT, that’s true but we’re not here to defend like Deep Finesse, just defend sensibly!

Dealer East NS Vul

JT3
KT
7652
JT74
872
AJ964
K9
AQ4
Q96
Q87
AJ7
K976
AK54
532
Q843
92

X-Def 07

Let us now return to the deal I showed in our previous issue
Dealer East NS Vul

J7432
KT
A65
K84
KT8
AJ964
KT92
3
Q96
Q87
J7
A9765
A5
532
Q843
QJT2

X-Def 06

This deal comes from an On Line session on Monday 3/4/23. Some good lessons for the defence. But before I show you the full deal let me show you just the North hand and ask you some questions.

Dealer East NS Vul

J7432
KT
A65
K84

After two passes, West opens 1H.

  1. What is your bid?
  2. If you bid 1S, and East bids 2H passed to you, and (presumably) you pass, what do you lead and why?

Your reasoning when answering these questions is important, so please give me some answers (mailto: villyn@xtra.co.nz), they will help you yourself and other readers as well. But of course you may want to keep your ‘secrets’ for yourself, why help your competitors?

X-Def 05

What happened when this deal was played in a match point session?

Dealer East EW Vul

T743
Q8
A7652
J3
AQJ2
KT64
QJ
T86
K8
A972
K843
K75
965
J53
T9
AQ942

Let’s look at some of the things that did happen, and how and why the results varied.

X-Def 04

Here is a fine example, from a recent match point session, of good and bad opening leads, and good and bad defence. As well as good and bad bidding.

Dealer East EW Vul

T743
Q8
A7652
J3
AQJ2
KT64
QJ
T86
K8
A972
K843
K75
965
J53
T9
AQ942

The wonderful thing about bridge is that there are always so many different outcomes in any one deal, depending on the skills and bridge knowledge of the participants. This deal provided opportunities for everyone.

X-Clubs 58

This deal came from our local club’s AGM bridge session preceding the formalities. I thought other X-Clubs readers should find it of interest. We heard recently of the passing of John Wignall, one of our bridge icons. John earlier partnered the late Frank Lu for many years and Frank’s favourite phrase was “Slowly slowly catchee monkey”. We know what that means at the bridge table.

Here is a good example of how to get to the best possible end result the careful and slow way.
Dealer North NS Vul

T5
AK8
KQT74
AJ6
Q9642
9532
963
8
KJ83
J76
852
QT2
A7
QT4
AJ
K97543

X-Clubs 57

Board 19 from Tuesday 21/03/23 gave a number of Norths an unexpected and unwelcome shock when they played in an excellent 6S slam.

Board 19 Dealer South EW Vul

AKJ93
JT2
6
K965
4
A987643
74
J84
T862
Q
T832
QT32
Q75
K5
AKQJ95
A7

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