Play Bridge | 18 01 2017 | Hand 1 | ♠96 ♥AJ874 ♦942 ♣A62
January 5, 2017
The power of the 4-4 fit | ♠AT2 ♥A987 ♦85 ♣QJ54
January 8, 2017

Game! Us or them? | ♠J ♥Q752 ♦A83 ♣AQJ72

Game! Us or them?

Big fit for both sides today. Bid ’em up! With a big trump fit, points don’t matter.

44 Comments

  1. jasperjean says:

    Strange, unbalanced hand- made 11 tricks, losing just the 2 As. Goodnight from snowy North GA, USA!

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 X 2 3
    3 4 P P
    P

  2. cora says:

    wow! made 11…
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 X 2 2N
    3 4 P P
    P

  3. nmein says:

    I so didn’t understand partner’s double!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 X 2 P
    P P

  4. Played the first time round in 5 clubs as was given no indication of North’s hearts. Why didn’t they open with a weak 2? I then played as North and opened with a weak 2. Boom partner goes straight to game and we make 11 tricks.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 2 P 4
    P P P

  5. At last I
    managed the take out double to make 11 tricks! Bidding system 5 Card Majors,Strong no trump, weak twos, transfers

    Auction
    W N E S
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 X 2 3
    3 4 P P
    P

  6. valeriejoan says:

    Bid four made 11 tricks first time around. My instincts must be improving. I really appreciate Skybridge and the opportunity to practice every day.

    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 X 2 3
    3 4 P P
    P

  7. ted11 says:

    Robopartner put me into 5C, and went 2 down, of course.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 X 2 3
    3 5 P P
    P

  8. says:

    Why did the computer double with 6 hearts. Why not just tell your partner you had hearts
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S

    • dyfed says:

      well, I tend to agree with you. The double presumably tells you partner has only 4H or less than 10 points (I’d count 8 given the J singleton) so technically correct, but with 6 H?

  9. Bid 5 hearts & made
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 X 2 3
    3 4 P 4N
    P 5 P 5
    P P P

  10. baygon2014 says:

    This hand is an exercise in bidding – if you get to 4 hearts then you will make 11 tricks. Some have questioned the way the computer bid the hand. If you play standard american then your opening of 1 club simply shows an opening hand – you could either have a flat hand but not enough for a no trump bid or no 5 card major. Because both North and East have passed you know that they do not have enough points to open. When west bids one spade it is saying little more than he has 5 spades and an opening hand (his void is quite helpful here.) North doubles – reason: she only has 9 points not really enough to open a new suit and clubs are certainly not on (you could hold as few as three!) So when East promises 3 spades you can see that they will possibly make 2 spades and so you need to let your partner know more about the shape of your hand – you bid 3 hearts. Partner now knows you have at least 4 hearts (you would have opened hearts if you had 5 and you would not bid hearts with fewer than 4.) From here it is easy – partner puts you in 4 hearts and you make 11.
    It is worth remembering that if you are uncertain about the meaning of the various computer bids all you have to do is click on what the computer has bid and it well tell you what the bid means. (if you are a club player that is also worth doing – you can always ask what a particular bid means; if you do not know what East’s bid means then you can ask west what her partner’s bid means.)

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 X 2 3
    3 4 P P
    P

  11. normie616 says:

    made 11 tricks with 4 H contract. Interesting hand cheers normie sa
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 X 2 3
    3 4 P P
    P

  12. carro88 says:

    Partner didn’t bid so i doubled for takeout. Partner passed, leading to disaster!

    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 X 2 X
    P P P

  13. carro88 says:

    Oops..it was me that missed partners take out x first time. Better 22nd time. Nice hand.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 X 2 3
    3 4 P P
    P

  14. janegrist says:

    West can play in 4 spades doubled and get 11 tricks and a higher score. A really unusual distributional hand that is surely worth bidding on.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 1 2 3
    3 4 P P
    4 X P P
    P

  15. @baygon2014 thanks for that explanation plainly put so I understood
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 X 2 3
    3 4 P P
    P

  16. Oh dear, played thinking I was in another suit!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 X 2 3
    3 5 P P
    P

  17. helderberg says:

    thank you baygon2014 for explaining it so well makes 100% sense
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 X 2 3
    3 4 P P
    P

  18. benjiman says:

    Same as others (although I’m bidding Acol style). Partner’s negative (“sputnik”) encouraged me to bid as I would have if he’d been able to reply 1 heart.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 X 2 3
    3 4 P P
    P

  19. pasanaa says:

    @baygon2014 Thanks for your nice explanations. Just one question: isn’t North double a negative double? As it comes after an overcall of 1S? And the second one. How did 2 people manage to make 12 with 2 A missing? I would like to know what did the computer lead for them and what did they about the missing AH
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 X 2 3
    3 4 P P
    P

  20. nelle says:

    4Hs made 11. Nice hand.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 X 2 3
    3 4 P P
    P

  21. grggrg says:

    grggrg 4H made 12
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 3 P 4
    P P P

  22. nancyjane says:

    Thank you baygon; I also bid 4H and made 11.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 X 2 3
    3 4 P P
    P

  23. sunbeam says:

    Whoops!!
    North should bid 2 hearts.
    A much nicer play of cards.
    Making 12.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 2 P 4
    P P P

  24. glen says:

    @poppingpopcorn. You’re only allowed to do that on Mondays.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 X 2 3
    3 4 P P
    P

  25. squarepeg61 says:

    Thanks for the explanation, @baygon2014! Bid 4H and made 11 tricks.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 X 2 3
    3 4 P P
    P

  26. made 5c second try should have made sure removed all clubs previously
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 X 2 3
    3 5 P P
    P

  27. assumed that double from partner inferre d happy with clubs and had spade stopper
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 X 2 3
    3 5 P P
    P

  28. fishy says:

    Again thanks @baygon2014 -its what I did but really helpful to have it explained -I assumed partner also had diamonds which he didn’t
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 X 2 3
    3 4 P P
    P

  29. rita928 says:

    Not sure I would have bid h but it worked well.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 X 2 3
    3 4 P P
    P

  30. sadiesue says:

    I didn’t understand the take double since N passed the first time around
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 X 2 3
    3 4 P P
    P

  31. humbleme says:

    north should have opened weak 2H. if you play towards the JS you can make 12.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 2 P 4
    P P P

  32. judyjunkin says:

    I opened the bidding with 1 Club. W bidding 1 S and N dbls. . I bid 3 clubs and N went to 5 C. Distribution got me down 1. Will try again. Should have been in Hearts as they fell better.! but how do you get N to show you his suit.!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 X 2 3
    3 5 P P
    P

  33. judyjunkin says:

    2nd time around, I bid 3 Hearts over W 2 S bid. N went to 4 H and I bid 5.. WE made 11 tricks. Much better score this time.!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 X 2 3
    3 4 P 5
    P P P

  34. debdaniels says:

    Yes, should bid hearts! Not clubs! Hindsight 20/20!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 X 2 3
    3 4 P P
    P

  35. debdaniels says:

    Also made 11 tricks in NT— will try clubs again.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 X 2 3N
    P P P

  36. debdaniels says:

    Finally, 5C makes—- not a good bid for points, but does make!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 X 2 3
    3 5 P P
    P

  37. baygon2014 says:

    @sunbeam – north’s negative double is the right bid – it shows about 7 – 9 points but most importantly a negative double shows that north holds at least 4 hearts – valuable bid the negative double it shows length in the unbid major and at the same time ensures that you keep your options open as long as possible. At this stage of the bidding there is still the option of a slam – certainly if south holds a void in spades then a slam is worth exploring.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 X 2 3
    3 4 P P
    P

  38. pfredrix says:

    First I have to disagree with those who would open with a weak 2H. Even at favorable vulnerability the suit would be too weak for me – though not by much! Give me the Jack instead of the 6 or the 3 and I’d open 2H at favorable or even vulnerability.
    The choice of coming in later with a negative double is slightly misleading (after 1C – 1D it suggests interest in both majors), but here it seems the most flexible choice.
    More interesting is the fact that this hand is a textbook example of the Law of Total Trumps! North has six Hearts and knows from South’s response to the negative double that the partnership has 10 Hearts between them. Competing to the four level is mandatory. There are 19 or 20 total trumps, but given that the minor honor problems are overwhelmed by the monster double fit (both partnerships have two 8-card or better – in this case way better! – trump suits), we expect there to be more than the 19 or 20 playing tricks – and in fact there are 22!
    Theoretically West should compete to 4S, but even a computer would have doubts looking at the Spade suit from the West hand!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 X 2 3
    3 4 P P
    P

  39. blondie58 says:

    ended up in 4H making 5!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 X 2 3
    3 4 P P
    P

  40. jan2bridge says:

    Played this game earlier and made 5C contract. I had to play this game repeatedly till I remade the contract again. Wonder. should I have remembered my previous strategy?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P P 1
    1 X 2 3
    3 5 P P
    P

  41. chance22 says:

    @baygon2014

    Thanks for your rundown of today’s bidding.

    After reading about negative doubles, I pondered for a while whether to bid 3H or 4H. Below is why I chose 4H. (I’m posting this because it focuses on the crucial question you address in your post: what a bid communicates and what your partner knows.)

    As you point out, partner knew only that we had at least 12-13 points, a few clubs, and (after our heart bid) 4 hearts. What WE knew about our hand is that we had 17-18 points, including a singleton in opponents’ suit (14 hcp +1 length pt +3 for the spade singleton = 18).

    As for partner’s hand, for all we knew she had as few as 7 points, having chosen Double instead of 2H. But 7 + 18 = 25 and is enough to bid game. 7 + 13 is not.

    So if we bid 3H, we couldn’t be confident that partner would go to game, which we knew the partnership had the points for.

  42. bajir says:

    Really fantastic and helpful comments @baygon2014 @pfredrix @chance22 ! Thank you!

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