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X-Clubs 47

Even the most boring hand can be made more interesting when you’re playing a match point game, because just one overtrick can make a big difference to your score. The results on this board at our club were identical, 3NT by East, jack of diamonds lead, making three, at every table but one, where the
declarer made an overtrick for 100% on the board.

Board 20 from Tuesday 7/02/23
Dealer West All Vul

AKJ
9874
642
Q76
Q654
653
K83
AJ9
932
AKQJ
AQ5
KT5
T87
T2
JT97
8432

X-Clubs 46

Board 9 from Monday 30/1/23 online with Real Bridge
Dealer North EW Vul

Q9
AQJ4
82
A8742
K72
T9752
J973
9
AT863
86
AT5
T63
J54
K3
KQ64
KQJ5

X-Clubs 45

Freak deals can produce amazingly interesting and also educational results. Witness the following.

Board 2 from Friday 27/01/23
Dealer East NS Vul

J52
J96
AKQT985
KT976
A762
8732
AQ83
KQ
AKQT4
72
4
JT98543
5
J643

X-Clubs 44

How many bridge players have learnt the art of the finesse but not learnt the art of not finessing?
Board 18 from Tuesday 17/01/23
Dealer East NS Vul

J862
QJ85
7
QJT4
T4
T964
A932
AK7
9753
K
J865
6532
AKQ
A732
KQT4
98

The almost universal contract was 4H by either North or South. The almost universal result was down one or two. In other words, a hopeless contract the way things were. Or was it?

X-Clubs 43

Welcome to the New Year with a very tricky bidding and play problem.

Board 21 from a RealBridge session on Monday 16-Jan
Dealer North NS Vul

KQ
843
K942
AKQ4
765
KT6
QT875
95
T982
J2
J63
T862
AJ43
AQ975
A
J73

X-Clubs 41 - Vil's Xmas Special

Defending low level contracts is something few defenders seem to pay much attention to, despite the fact that there are many match points to be gained in these situations. 1NT is such a case in point, because usually the defenders will have as many, or even more, combined high card points, as declarer.

Defending low level contracts is not just a matter of taking what tricks you can and hoping declarer is not smart enough to take all that can come declarer’s way. An astute partnership on defence can create just as many, or more, tricks as declarer could given the same two hands. That is because the astute defenders can ‘see’ all four hands whereas declarer can see only two!

Board 2 from Tuesday 13/12/22
Dealer East NS Vul

962
KJT
KT54
953
Q84
AQ8
872
T762
K73
532
AJ3
AQJ4
AJT5
9764
Q96
K8

X-Clubs 41

“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

X-Clubs 40

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

X-Clubs 39

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

X-Clubs 38

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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