Learn Bridge | ABFSSW8 | Hand 4 | ♠AQ54 ♥T864 ♦AQ4 ♣J3
December 19, 2016
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December 22, 2016

Clever | ♠AK3 ♥KJ542 ♦KJ ♣AQ7

Clever

I’m clever and I’m good at hula-hooping. If I had to choose which of the two features to highlight on my resume I’d go for clever.

South’s hand is balanced(ish) with a 5 card heart suit. What does partner want to know about?

52 Comments

  1. joanbutts says:

    What did you open? 21 high card points, 1 length point, balanced, a doubleton KJ, two other tenaces, and no high pips. Looks like a 2NT bid was best – partner’s bid was a pleasant surprise.

  2. crunchie says:

    Bid 6h, but 6nt also makes because the spade queen is onside. This is a risk avoided in hearts because a club can be ruffed and a spade chucked on a diamond.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2N
    P 3 P 3
    P 3N P 6N
    P P P

  3. lizzys says:

    I opened 2NT they responded 2D I went 3H and they went 3NT making 6

    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2N
    P 3 P 3
    P 3N P P
    P

  4. nmein says:

    In my book a 5 card major means an unbalanced hand, so the correct opening is 2c. Certainly worked out ok this time round …
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2
    P 2 P 2
    P 3 P 4
    P 6 P P
    P

  5. baygon2014 says:

    Bid 6nt but could not find my way to make the contract first time round – mainly because I did not count – with 10 hearts best play is to put the king down first – unless you are facing a 3-0 split you will find it likely that both the q and ace drop – you then can make the remainder quite comfortably.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2N
    P 3 P 3
    P 3N P 4
    P 4 P 6N
    P P P

  6. camelotkzn says:

    2nd time – opened 2NT, partner bid 3H and I went straight to 6H made 12 Happy!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2N
    P 3 P 6
    P P P

  7. hagleyjazz says:

    Partner’s transfer to hearts had me thinking I should revalue my hand. But i didn’t : -(. made 12
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2N
    P 3 P 3
    P 3N P 4
    P P P

  8. heatherte1 says:

    Made 6nt. 2nd time.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2N
    P 3 P 3
    P 3N P 6N
    P P P

  9. banksia9 says:

    I didn’t bid this slam, even though I bid it on a similar spade hand yesterday! Oh well, rockin’ and rollin’ for Xmas.
    After advancing T, I was pleased when East popped A. This an error. He should duck. The ace of trumps is never a loser 🙂
    Guess what. West was about to win his Q!
    According to the Bridge Encyclopedia, running the T will be the winning option 63% of the time.
    Playing small to K will win 52% of the time.
    Interested players might like to write out the 8 possible layouts of the 3 cards AQ6 between East and West.
    You will see that running the T is the winning option in 5 of the 8 layouts.
    Playing small to the K is the winning option in only 4 of the 8 layouts.
    The slight difference in percentages is because each of the 8 layouts are not exactly equally likely.
    Yes, I know, the actual layout is against the odds.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2N
    P 3 P 3
    P 3N P 4
    P P P

  10. Well I had been at my bridge class last night and we were practicing nd discussing bidding so started with 2nt then partner said 3h, great I went 4h nd that’s where it stopped but I wanted to go more so started again nd bid 6h and made easily. Lovely hands for Xmas
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2N
    P 3 P 6
    P P P

  11. oz-tin says:

    Open 2NT, partner responded 3H, made contract with 4H, made 11 tricks.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2N
    P 3 P 4
    P P P

  12. waxing2 says:

    Bid and made 6NT second time after being far too conservative in bidding and play first time.

    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2N
    P 3 P 4
    P 4 P 6N
    P P P

  13. Bid 6 hearts & made
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 3 P 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  14. motherfloss says:

    Ok got daring and bid 6H – would have most likely chickened out at club night. I should have gone ace asking but @jan2bridge, what is the system called when you go ace asking so I can change my settings to have that in the bidding?
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2N
    P 3 P 6
    P P P

  15. sbc5992075 says:

    I lead the highest H from north, hoping to force an honour.
    Which was the case. Made 6H

    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2
    P 2 P 2
    P 3 P 4
    P 6 P P
    P

  16. Looks like 1H opening may have been the best option because partner immediately responds 3H meaning 10 HCP. Add these to declarers 22 points and you know you are going for slam.Unfortunately i overlooked the 4 points in H thinking i had 17HCP so opened 1NT thus ending in 4H making 12 tricks
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1N
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  17. cora says:

    3rd time round made 6 H contract….
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 3 P 3N
    P 4 P 6
    P P P

  18. ingledene08 says:

    Thank you Bajir for my new password. I opened 2 clubs on this hand but panicked when partner raised my 4 hearts to six. I made it first time and was really pleased. We are frequently told to trust partner Good advice.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2
    P 2 P 2
    P 3 P 4
    P 6 P P
    P

  19. normie616 says:

    Conservative me .Bid 4 H made the 10 tricks .This result looks pretty sick compared to most of above.Will try again.Wasn’t sure if the Computer was responding with a transfer with 3D from north cheers normie sa
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 3 P 4
    P P P

  20. stevewehrle says:

    @motherfloss, re your question, as I’m not sure that anyone else has answered….
    Two systems to ask for Aces; Blackwood is a bid of 4NT, responses are 5C is 4 or none, 5D is one, 5H two etc. Gerber is 4C asking, 5D is 4 or none, 5H one, etc. Blackwood is default, except where NT has already been bid. Gerber can also be compromised where C’s is a natural bid. There is no need to alter anything on your settings – the computer recognises both systems. Hope that helps. It is also worth tuning in to one of Graeme’s (several!) videos explaining why you don’t always need to ask for Aces!! Have fun!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2N
    P 3 P 4
    P 4 P 6
    P P P

  21. normie616 says:

    finally got the hang of it .5th time around bid and made 5 H.Leave it at that after a bad day at Bridge cheers normie sa
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2N
    P 3 P 4
    P 4 P 5
    P P P

  22. normie616 says:

    to ingledene08 I thought a 2D response to a 2 C opening was negative showing less than 6 points and no 5 card major ???? normie SA
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2N
    P 3 P 4
    P 4 P 5
    P P P

  23. darrendargan says:

    Would have been happy at 4NT but was inviting partner, on the strength of partner’s 5D punted on 6NT and made them, but was really flying blind in respect of Aces but figured partner must have one of the two suits bid, lucky.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2N
    P 3 P 4N
    P 5 P 6N
    P P P

  24. cambear says:

    After a 2 nt bid by South North knows that south has at least 20 points. After North’s reply of 3 hearts South agrees on the suit but has very little idea about North’s value. It is therefore up to North to explore a slam which he did not so it was missed. North let me down with Bad Bidding! I am also not convinced that the hint of opening 2nt with a five card major is correct.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2N
    P 3 P 4
    P P P

  25. nelle says:

    Bid 6H and made 12 tricks. Very happy %uD83D%uDE03
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2
    P 2 P 2
    P 3 P 4
    P 6 P P
    P

  26. ennasarp says:

    On a 2C or 2NT opening bid, partner with 5 hearts should bid 2H or 3H. Then, with 5 hearts in own hand, blackwood is justified, and with one ace out, end up bidding 6H.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2N
    P 3 P 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  27. nelle says:

    Bid 6%u2665%uFE0F and made 12 tricks. Very happy%uD83D%uDE03 About this.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2
    P 2 P 2
    P 3 P 4
    P 6 P P
    P

  28. polymath says:

    Why did N bid 6H?
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2
    P 2 P 2
    P 3 P 3N
    P 6 P P
    P

  29. cheri says:

    Lovely hand, wondered if my hand was strong enough to encourage more bidding but couldn’t see it, until partner bid the slam. Perfect bid!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2
    P 2 P 2
    P 3 P 3N
    P 6 P P
    P

  30. Why did my partner bid 3 NT not 3 H’s. like it did for others?

    Why does the robot bid differently for different people?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2N
    P 3 P 3
    P 3N P 4
    P P P

    • banksia9 says:

      Hi @elizabethjane.
      North’s 3D response to 2NT is a transfer showing 5 hearts. If you click on partner’s bid, it will tell you the meaning. So, when you bid 3H, you were just accepting the transfer – You weren’t promising more than xx. This is a game forcing auction. So, your 3H is forcing. Now, North rebid 3NT to show that he had a balanced hand with 5 hearts. 5332 shape is still a balanced hand.
      3NT, however, is a wimp bid from North. It can be passed. When you return to 4H, he should revalue his hand and use Blackwood to drive drive to slam. He could have had as little as 4 HCP and 5 hearts.

  31. Opened 2nt, got a heart reply from ptn. Great! Now asked for aces, back to hearts, bidding 6. Just right. Made the 12.
    Will now play the hand again counting tricks to open. See where I get with that.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2N
    P 3 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P 6
    P P P

  32. Counted tricks, opening 2 hearts, with Blackwood got to the same end contract, bid & made 12.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2
    P 3 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P 6
    P P P

  33. johna says:

    Bid 4H and made 12 tricks. Would normally look at 6H knowing we have 10 trumps and great side suits but it’s 1.30 in the morning…..
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2N
    P 3 P 3
    P 3N P 4
    P P P

  34. ballca says:

    played 3nt the first time and made 11. Noticed that some played 6 hearts.
    pushed the bidding to 6 hearts and made 12. How would I normally do that with that hand????

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2N
    P 3 P 3
    P 3N P 4
    P 4 P 5
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  35. blondie58 says:

    I didn’t bid the slam… super accepted the Heart Transfer not knowing if P was weak…. oh well 🙂 Made 12
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2N
    P 3 P 4
    P P P

  36. says:

    Is it a balancedehad with a doubleton?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 3 P 4
    P P P

  37. loulla says:

    Exciting hand for me; I first played in 4 hearts and made. After reading all the comments and seeing the scores, I replayed and ask for aces making 12. Happy with this score.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2N
    P 3 P 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  38. jan2bridge says:

    I play this hand according to @grame suggestion. Show partner your hand. NT did it nicely then partner bid 3D.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2
    P 2 P 3N
    P P P

  39. chance22 says:

    Lots of pondering.

    BIDDING. Hmmm, a missing Ace. I stayed with 5H. Can you win being timid?? One of the recent Graeme/Bajir videos about slams suggested that at 50-50, you should go for it. I’m thinking, too, that when the rare slam opportunity presents itself, you probably do need to take the chance.

    PLAY. Lots of pondering about how to deal with that awful K-J set-up. I finally decided that it couldn’t be right to lead from South, so went with North’s T. What a relief to see the Ace! So it worked out, but @banksia9 points out that that was an error on East’s part.

    If the 6 had been played, then what would have been correct I wonder.

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2N
    P 3 P 4N
    P 5 P 5
    P P P

  40. carro88 says:

    Had a few goes. Made 6h easily. Only 5 in NT.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2N
    P 3 P 3
    P 3N P P
    P

    • banksia9 says:

      Yes, @chance22, it is a ponder.
      You are correct that the first lead of hearts must come from the North hand. A singleton A can’t be allowed to drah our K.
      As I said before, the percentage play is to run the T rather than put up the K.
      On the given hand, I would have lost 2 heart tricks if East hadn’t popped his A for no reason.

  41. jeanne says:

    First time around Bid 3nt and made them. Next time around I bid 6h and made them.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 3 P 6
    P P P

  42. johna says:

    Played it again in NT. First time after bidding 4NT after normal bidding the robot passed on me so I skipped Blackwood. Sacrificed a diamond trick to get to N, thus making the 12 but it relies on E rising with the AH first round which is not going to happen in real life.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2N
    P 3 P 3
    P 3N P 6N
    P P P

  43. irene3213 says:

    Bid 4 hearts – won 11/2. Wasn’t sure about going higher as partner passed first bid. Anyway I was happy.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2N
    P 3 P 4
    P P P

  44. sandra says:

    Bid 4 hearts and made 12 Should have bid 6 hearts
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2N
    P 3 P 4
    P P P

  45. sbc30061059 says:

    I’m going to try 6NT next
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2N
    P 3 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P 6
    P P P

  46. kinderconnie says:

    Thanks@banksia9 for the detailed description of the H play. I lost both QH and AH so made 11 tricks. Thanks again for sharing!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 3 P 4
    P P P

  47. astrolx says:

    Opened 2C not 2NT how to balance points and shape ?
    Went with the Fit to 4 H … thank you partner for the 6H bid
    Made 12 very happy
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2
    P 2 P 2
    P 3 P 4
    P 6 P P
    P

  48. squarepeg61 says:

    Made 11 tricks in 4H. Seeing how others did better, I’ll replay and try to get into either 6H or 6NT.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2N
    P 3 P 3
    P 3N P 4
    P P P

  49. squarepeg61 says:

    Finally made 12 tricks in 6H.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 2N
    P 3 P 3
    P 3N P 6
    P P P

  50. whizkid says:

    Opened 1 Heart didn’t like all the tenaces in the hand and figured that if partner couldn’t respond to a 1 bid I didn’t really want to get to high with a questionable heart suit. Would hate to be in 2nt opposite a bust hand and have to lead from my hand all the time. Loved the jump to 3 hearts but figured I would have chances to make 6nt. Now my tenaces became an advantage for a possible favorable lead.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 3 P 4N
    P 5 P 6N
    P P P

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