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January 2, 2017
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January 4, 2017

Notrump challenge | ♠AKT97 ♥AKJ ♦K9 ♣T76

Notrump challenge

This tricky little hand is not much fun on a diamond lead. A little bird told me that a certain Sky Bridge Club teacher whose first name starts with a G was down 5 in 3NT. You can do better.

44 Comments

  1. tina says:

    1 down sadly. Had to bid it!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1N P 3N
    P P P

  2. frontrunner says:

    Made 3N
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1N P 3N
    P P P

  3. sandram says:

    Made 3 spades and then after many tries 4
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1N P 3
    P P P

  4. heatherte1 says:

    I decided to bid 4s, not sure of the clubs. Tina why did you ‘have to bid it’?

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1N P 4
    P P P

  5. paddy1 says:

    Be a sport Tina how many did you get?
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1N P 3N
    P P P

  6. billdrews says:

    I went a different direction—-4 hearts—–but was also down one.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1N P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  7. simplyme says:

    2nd try bid 3S and made it, 3rd try bid and made 3NT
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1N P 3N
    P P P

  8. dianaosborne says:

    1 down in 3NT…..tried several times but ways the same. Would love to know how to make it.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1N P 3N
    P P P

  9. bid 1NT and partner quite rightly passed but made 9 tricks
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1N
    P P P

  10. gmacmillan says:

    Why does East lead regardless of whether South or North is declarer?
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1N P 2N
    P P P

  11. sbc41268861 says:

    I am having trouble playing on my iPhone.
    When I touch on a card to play another card comes out instead and there is nothing I can do about it. Is sooo frustrating.
    Does anyone else have this problem and is there anything I can do?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 2 P 3N
    P 4 P P
    P

  12. brendauk says:

    Made 3NT with flying colours, at last!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1N P 3N
    P P P

  13. tas02 says:

    sbc, not sure of this, but try enabling 2-click play in settings. I think that will require you to confirm each move.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1N P 3N
    P P P

  14. nelle says:

    Bid 1 NT and made 8 tricks.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1N
    P P P

  15. bala1954 says:

    Crashed and burned in 3N the first time. Made it the second. Difference was taking first diamond lead in dummy, then trying the failing Spade finesse – set up the spades before 2 rounds of Diamonds. Interesting!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1N P 3N
    P P P

  16. benjiman says:

    Just invited with a bid of 2NT, which was passed. Just played safe to make the eight tricks. Not a great score but it was a plus.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1N P 2N
    P P P

  17. rita928 says:

    Happy to make 3n, for a good score!!!!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1N P 3N
    P P P

  18. blondie58 says:

    played very poorly in 3NT going down two…
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1N P 3N
    P P P

  19. sunbeam says:

    If south opens 1NT NORTH can transfer clubs by bidding 2spades Eh?
    I can simulate it since if I play North South won’t bid 1NT.
    Bob
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1N P 3N
    P P P

  20. sunbeam says:

    can’t
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1N P 3N
    P P P

  21. fishy says:

    eventually bid and made 10 S shouldnt have if W had counted trumps!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1N P 4
    P P P

  22. Muddled up the first bid, so jacked it. Not much better this hand, bid 2 made 4.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1N P 2
    P P P

  23. moyra says:

    Did just the same and made it @clarencesq
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1N P 3N
    P P P

  24. sadiesue says:

    please show me how to made 3NT. I have p!aged it at all angles. West leads a diamond. Thank you

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1N P P
    P

  25. edith says:

    Such a frustrating hand but finally made 3 S.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1N P 3
    P P P

  26. drvksam says:

    Made 3NT.
    Took the diamond lead in hand (North) then tried the losing spade finesse. West lead a diamond which I had to take in dummy. Now I played the remaining spades, throwing away clubs. Hoping for the heart Queen to drop I played the Ace and King, but no luck. Played the Jack anyway which West took with the Queen and East played the Ten. My Nine in hand was now good and lo and behold West lead a heart! Nine tricks. That was very lucky.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1N P 3N
    P P P

  27. judyjunkin says:

    Second ti me I played 3 NT and made it. I took the first trick in the North hand.Led to the Spades and finessed the J, which lost to the Queen. I was back in with a D. Ran the Spades and then led a club instead of hearts. E W took two Club tricks and then W led his Queen of Hearts giving me the 9th trick for my contract.! Great.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1N P 3N
    P P P

  28. johna says:

    Played it several times in 3NT. @drvksam approach made 9 tricks. Every other time 1 or more down. No way I can see a top board today even with hindsight.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1N P 3N
    P P P

  29. First time around bid and made 3NT%uD83D%uDE0A
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1N P 3N
    P P P

  30. johng says:

    Cannot open 1 NT with a five card major
    Made 3 NT. Take ace Dimonds lose Jack Spades to Queen, take next diamond your King play spades then hearts west leads heart so you make 9 tricks.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1N P 3N
    P P P

  31. squarepeg61 says:

    After numerous attempts to make 3NT without success, I tried the line of play @drvksam suggested and finally collected nine tricks.


    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1N P 3N
    P P P

  32. chance22 says:

    Hi @clarencesq

    Re your post to @Tina, is there any way to MAKE West lead a heart? LOL. Or at least encourage them?

    This is a 3NT contract attempt (after my early-day first-time-through 4H):

    Trick 1. South took the East 6D lead with KD.
    Trick 2. South led the TS to try to draw out the QS to promote J-T-9. TS won.
    Trick 3. Used the entry to North, leading to the AD.
    Trick 4. North led the JS to again try to draw out QS. This time West played the Q.
    Trick 5. So here is West with the lead. He led the QD and won.

    I was steeling myself for an onslaught of diamonds and clubs. I see now he was out of diamonds, so had to choose between hearts and clubs.

    Trick 6. West led 4H (which gave us the JH winner, ninth trick as you were saying).

    So why did West choose hearts?

    I looked back at my notes and see that both Dummy and Declarer threw off a club on the West QD trick 5. I think a human West might have realized that that meant he should lead clubs!

    Now that%u2019s exciting to this novice! I never would have considered the possibility of trying to steer an opponent with discards in that fashion – nor would I have checked out offense discards for that kind of clue. It looks like the club clue was wasted on our computer opponent, but wow.

    Thank you – I would not have even tried this hand in NT without your post.

    It is amazing how much one can learn about both defense and offense from one hand by taking the time to deconstruct a hand – something I didn%u2019t have the discipline to do until I got to Sky BC, with this pleasant playing GUI and the forum and the teachers.


    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1N P 3N
    P P P

  33. ivam says:

    whoa is me, I didn’t like the 3 NT bid, and crashed and burned – 2 was easy but tried for 3rd trick – dumb de dumb dumb.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1N P 3N
    P P P

  34. mummabear says:

    I went 3N and made 11tricks, after the first lead I lead a club back and kept leading until I got ride of A K Q and what I was left with were all winners.

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

  35. john1949 says:

    Opened 1S and N bid 1NT, meant to rebid 2 NT to see if N had more than minimum 6 but accidentally passed and I was annoyed to finish up only in 1NT – made 8. Thinking I’d probably made the right call I then looked at the other results! I’ve managed to make 4S but to make 3NT – will follow @chance22 advice
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1N P 4
    P P P

  36. john1949 says:

    By the way for my own sanity is my image the correct way up? To me it is showing upside down, I have reported it to but am told it is okay – if it’s correct for everyone else I can live with me standing on my head %uD83D%uDE43
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1N P 4
    P P P

    • chance22 says:

      Hi @john1949

      Your picture is right-side-up for me. I am on an old Windows xp computer in the Chrome browser. It is also fine on my Android phone.

      By the way, my 3NT only worked by accident. I do not know why West led a heart at Trick 6. I was so intrigued by the fact that N-S had inadvertently given a signal for West to lead clubs – which was ignored fortunately – that to some degree I lost the thread of my post.

  37. nevillet says:

    Down two (2)……
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    P 1N P 2N
    P P P

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