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August 2019

Readers' Bidding Forum with Fraser Rew, August 2019

The following comments were received from the readers of Australia's national bridge magazine, Australian Bridge, and other bridge enthusiasts. The same problems are also discussed in the magazine, by an international panel of Andrew Robson, Larry Cohen, Mike Lawrence, Bob Jones, Frank Stewart,
Eddie Kantar, and Zia Mahmood, as well as many top Australian players.

The moderators of this forum are Brad Coles, Nigel Kearney and Fraser Rew.
This month's moderator is Fraser Rew.

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Hand One - North deals, EW vul, Matchpoints. You are South.
 
images/spadesm.gif (111 bytes) ---
images/heartsm.gif (112 bytes) A54
images/diamondsm.gif (109 bytes) AQ987
images/clubsm.gif (113 bytes) 98752

 
West North East South
  1images/diamondsm.gif (109 bytes) 1images/spadesm.gif (111 bytes) 2images/spadesm.gif (111 bytes)
3images/spadesm.gif (111 bytes) pass pass ?

1images/diamondsm.gif (109 bytes) can be 3, if we have 4-4 majors. We open 1images/diamondsm.gif (109 bytes) with 4-4 minors, and 1images/clubsm.gif (113 bytes) with five clubs and four diamonds.

 

Call Award %
Experts
%
Readers
4images/diamondsm.gif (109 bytes) 100 27 37
5images/diamondsm.gif (109 bytes) 90 20 18
4images/clubsm.gif (113 bytes) 70 20 10
Dbl 50 13 24
4images/heartsm.gif (112 bytes) 40 7 3
4images/spadesm.gif (111 bytes) 40 7 4
Other 0 0 4

The readers' answers for August will be published here in the first week of August.

The full deal, from Paul Lavings at Kings and Queens:

spades A765
hearts K3
diamonds K6432
clubs Q4
spades QJ83
hearts J1062
diamonds 10
clubs AJ103
spades K10942
hearts Q987
diamonds J5
clubs K6
spades
hearts A54
diamonds AQ987
clubs 98752

Most of the field played in the making 5images/diamondsm.gif (109 bytes).


Hand Two - North deals, NS vul, Matchpoints. You are South.
 
images/spadesm.gif (111 bytes) T965
images/heartsm.gif (112 bytes) Q
images/diamondsm.gif (109 bytes) AKT8
images/clubsm.gif (113 bytes) KQ84

 
West North East South
  pass 1images/spadesm.gif (111 bytes) pass
1NT pass pass ?

  
 

Call Award %
Experts
%
Readers
Pass 100 67 79
2NT 80 20 4
2images/clubsm.gif (113 bytes) 70 7 3
Dbl 40 7 10
2images/diamondsm.gif (109 bytes) 30 0 3

The readers' answers for August will be published here in the first week of August.

The full deal, from Paul Lavings at the Gold Coast Senior Pairs:

spades 842
hearts A8
diamonds J965
clubs A1093
spades 7
hearts KJ1097654
diamonds 32
clubs J5
spades AKQJ3
hearts 32
diamonds Q74
clubs 762
spades 10965
hearts Q
diamonds AK108
clubs KQ84

We can make three of either minor, or even 2NT, although you would never be allowed to play there. With half of the NS pairs scoring +50 or worse, against 1NT or 4images/heartsm.gif (112 bytes), the key to winning the board was to find the nine top tricks defending 1NT.


Hand Three - South deals, both vul, Butler. You are South.
 
images/spadesm.gif (111 bytes) 3
images/heartsm.gif (112 bytes) 98
images/diamondsm.gif (109 bytes) KQ975
images/clubsm.gif (113 bytes) QJ976

 
West North East South
      pass
pass 1images/heartsm.gif (112 bytes) 1images/spadesm.gif (111 bytes) dbl
pass 1NT pass ?

           
 

Call Award %
Experts
%
Readers
Pass 100 53 58
2images/clubsm.gif (113 bytes) 90 20 15
2images/heartsm.gif (112 bytes) 70 13 11
2images/diamondsm.gif (109 bytes) 50 13 13
Other 0 0 3

The readers' answers for August will be published here in the first week of August.

The full deal, from Peter Gill at the NSW ANC Selection event:

spades AK4
hearts AJ1042
diamonds QJ2
clubs 43
spades 10875
hearts 953
diamonds A43
clubs 1052
spades QJ962
hearts K76
diamonds 86
clubs AK8
spades 3
hearts Q8
diamonds K10975
clubs QJ976

Only one pair managed a plus score, playing in 1NT. The rest of the field were in 3NT or 4images/heartsm.gif (112 bytes), after a more normal 1NT opening from North. North bid this hand quite poorly, but he wouldn't be alone - there are many players who refuse to ever open 1NT with five hearts, and the small doubleton club would only enforce that view.


Hand Four - West deals, NS vul, IMPs. You are South.
 
images/spadesm.gif (111 bytes) 5
images/heartsm.gif (112 bytes) KQT864
images/diamondsm.gif (109 bytes) K832
images/clubsm.gif (113 bytes) Q4

 
West North East South
4images/spadesm.gif (111 bytes) 4NT pass 5images/diamondsm.gif (109 bytes)
pass 5images/heartsm.gif (112 bytes) pass ?

4NT = two places to play.
5images/heartsm.gif (112 bytes) = clubs and hearts.
 

Call Award %
Experts
%
Readers
6images/heartsm.gif (112 bytes) 100 60 51
Pass 70 27 46
5NT 50 13 0
5images/spadesm.gif (111 bytes) 20 0 3

The readers' answers for August will be published here in the first week of August.

The full deal is from Round 12 of the SWPT, as reported in the February issue of the ABF Newsletter:

spades AQ8
hearts AJ752
diamonds
clubs AK1062
spades KJ976432
hearts 93
diamonds J104
clubs
spades 10
hearts
diamonds AQ9765
clubs J98753
spades 5
hearts KQ10864
diamonds K832
clubs Q4

66 out of 112 pairs reached some kind of slam. Seven pairs made 7images/heartsm.gif (112 bytes); at one of those tables East was on lead, but failed to correctly interpret his partner's Lightner double.


Hand Five - South deals, nil vul, Matchpoints. You are South.
 
images/spadesm.gif (111 bytes) 97
images/heartsm.gif (112 bytes) Q9743
images/diamondsm.gif (109 bytes) QJ96
images/clubsm.gif (113 bytes) A3
 
West North East South
      pass
pass 1images/diamondsm.gif (109 bytes) 1NT ?

1images/diamondsm.gif (109 bytes) can be 3, if we have 4-4 majors. We open 1images/diamondsm.gif (109 bytes) with 4-4 minors, and 1images/clubsm.gif (113 bytes) with five clubs and four diamonds.       
 

Call Award %
Experts
%
Readers
Dbl 100 33 38
2images/diamondsm.gif (109 bytes) 90 27 29
3images/diamondsm.gif (109 bytes) 80 20 23
2images/heartsm.gif (112 bytes) 70 13 0
Pass 30 7 10

The readers' answers for August will be published here in the first week of August.

The full deal, from Paul Lavings at Kings and Queens:

spades
hearts
diamonds
clubs
spades
hearts
diamonds
clubs
spades
hearts
diamonds
clubs
spades
hearts
diamonds
clubs

Most of the field played in the making 5images/diamondsm.gif (109 bytes).



Top scores for August
1To be advised500
   

Leading scores for 2019
1To be advised500
     
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