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Visualisation Practice

Here’s a challenge that’ll help to get your head thinking bridge. What is the best contract for East and West? 3NT? 4H? 5C? How many tricks can you make in each contract. But don’t play the cards! Just imagine how the play might go looking at all four hands.

56 Comments

  1. Profile photo of joanbutts joanbutts says:

    Passed originally but couldn’t resist raising 1S to 2S with five trumps. The diamond lead looked nice for a while but the ruff hurt. -50.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 P
    P 1 P 2
    P P P

  2. Profile photo of delta delta says:

    No points still passed made 7
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 P
    P 1 P P
    P

  3. Profile photo of irene3213 irene3213 says:

    I followed the hints – made 7/6 on the game.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 P
    P 1 P P
    P

  4. Profile photo of banksia9 banksia9 says:

    Got hammered for 2 off when I got greedy and declined to bang down A.

    Just a note to my fellow players here at Sky. I will be absent from the club for 3 months while on a cruise!
    (Yes, there will be bridge on the cruise :))

    All the Best from banksia9!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 P
    P 1 P P
    P

  5. Profile photo of baygon2014 baygon2014 says:

    I resisted temptation…1 spade is all there was but I wonder if e/w should have pinched the contract will play it from their seats.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 P
    P 1 P P
    P

  6. Profile photo of baygon2014 baygon2014 says:

    @banksia9 enjoy the cruise!
    Played it again sitting west 2 hearts makes comfortably, in fact it makes 10 tricks so really if you made 1 spade you have pinched a contract and potential top board for e/w!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 P
    P 1 P P
    2 P P P

  7. Profile photo of hagleyjazz hagleyjazz says:

    Its different for the light 1NT openers. @banksia enjoy the cruise – sounds like a long time – where are you going?. I’m off on a jazz cruise in a couple of weeks (but only for 7 days),
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N 2 P
    P P

  8. Profile photo of lorraineb lorraineb says:

    @banksia9 enjoy the cruise…we will miss you and your comments.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 P
    P 1 P P
    P

  9. Bid 2 spades & made the same
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N 2 2
    P P P

  10. Profile photo of rahamrick rahamrick says:

    I bid & made 2 spades. But I would never make that bid in genuine play.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 1
    P 2 P P
    P

  11. @banksia9, have a wonderful cruise. I will miss your comments, which have helped me understand so much more re bridge.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 P
    P 1 P 2
    P P P

  12. Profile photo of suec88 suec88 says:

    ditto, will miss your comments @banksia9 have a great time. I stayed with the 1 spade and made it, was tempted to go 2 but kind of glad i didnt. 🙂
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 P
    P 1 P P
    P

  13. Profile photo of katec001 katec001 says:

    Definitely EW contract. I played it as E and doubled (opening hand and shortage of bid suit). Partner jumped straight to 3NT. Made 10 tricks.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 X P
    3N P P P

  14. Profile photo of katec001 katec001 says:

    Played it again as E. This time bid my Hs then my Cs. What’s S doing raising to not just 2S, but 3S on 1 point? Took them down.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 P
    P 1 2 3
    X P P P

  15. Profile photo of dlash dlash says:

    Happy cruising @banksia9!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 P
    P 1 P P
    P

  16. Profile photo of dlash dlash says:

    Happy cruising @banksia9!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 P
    P 1 P P
    P

  17. Profile photo of moespence moespence says:

    Hi banksia9……..Sea Princess ?

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

  18. Profile photo of carro88 carro88 says:

    Did weak take out to S which looked good. But tried several times and couldn’t make the 8th trick on heart lead. How did you do it?
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N 2 2
    P P P

  19. Took a few times but finally got 8 tricks!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N 2 2
    P P P

  20. Profile photo of john1949 john1949 says:

    Was interested to see how it was possible to make 8. After several tries, the only way was to call 1S in response to North’s 1C opening. With West leading a heart, 2 now makes
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 1
    P 2 P P
    P

  21. Profile photo of belsize belsize says:

    Used the rule of24 and went no further than 1 spade Works 99% of the time
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 P
    P 1 P P
    P

  22. Profile photo of taoguy68 taoguy68 says:

    Bid and made 2S on the second try went down in 2S first time sure helps to know to pull thier trump early. Have a great cruse i would take one but my wife hates ships so enjoy for me
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 1
    P 2 P P
    P

  23. Partner bid 1 s left them there made the 7
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 P
    P 1 P P
    P

  24. Profile photo of cainiao cainiao says:

    Bid 2 spade and made it
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N 2 2
    P P P

  25. Profile photo of AgnesMin25 AgnesMin25 says:

    Banksai9 – what are we going to do !!!!!
    Have a great time.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 P
    P 1 P P
    P

  26. On this deal & bidding e/w made 10 in 3 clubs. No sign of a spade bid! Will look at it again.
    Sailing the high seas @banksia! Send some photos to the SBC Facebook page. The comments might be sluggish without you!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 2 P
    3 P P P

  27. Played it again with the same result. Can’t see I would/could have bid differently.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 2 P
    3 P P P

  28. Profile photo of jckspa jckspa says:

    @Banksia9 Have a great time. I hope your cruise doesn’t swing by Europe any time soon. It’s cold, very cold. (Though those of you in N America would probably still find it balmy!) Why don’t you drop in occasionally with any interesting hands you come across on the cruise?

  29. Profile photo of graeme graeme says:

    I believed in everything, like a child of three.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 P
    P 1 P P
    P
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  30. Profile photo of nelle nelle says:

    Bid 2S down 1. It’s 13 Degrees here in the USA.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 P
    P 1 P 2
    P P P

  31. Profile photo of nelle nelle says:

    @joanbutts where do I find the hint?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 P
    P 1 P P
    P

  32. Profile photo of nancyjane nancyjane says:

    Bid 1S, made it on 1st attempt.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 P
    P 1 P P
    P

  33. Profile photo of monty27dog monty27dog says:

    @banksia9 have a wonderful time… 3 months wow must be a world cruise! enjoy – will miss your very helpful comments!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N 2 P
    P P

  34. Profile photo of barbot barbot says:

    @banksia9 – Bon Voyage! Watch out for the card sharks!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 P
    P 1 P P
    P

  35. Profile photo of maryg maryg says:

    Did well there. Could have gone higher
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 P
    P 1 P P
    P

  36. Profile photo of blondie58 blondie58 says:

    @banksia9 have a wonderful holiday! Also @joanbutts where do you find the hint? I totally blew that… it’s snowing like crazy here and my mind wasn’t in it LOL!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 P
    P 1 P P
    P

  37. Profile photo of catspaw15 catspaw15 says:

    First time I passed and went down.
    Second attempt, I did a weak takeout in spades and made it. Well pleased.
    Bidding system: 4 card majors, weak no trump 12-14, no transfers
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N 2H 2S
    P P P

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

  38. Profile photo of LynMarie LynMarie says:

    Have a great time @banksia
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N 2 P
    P P

  39. Profile photo of drvksam drvksam says:

    @banksia9 enjoy, and thanks for all your helpful comments.
    My partner opened a weak no-trump and as I had one point there seemed a likelihood that EW would have a game. I put in a 2S bid and was surprised to be left in it. West lead AH and a diamond. Played for the QD to be in West’s hand. East took the AD and the A and K of clubs and lead QH to my KH. At this point I should have played AS and QS, but I thought I would ruff a heart with the 10 to get to my hand to take the spade finesse. This failed to the over ruff by the king. Fortunately West lead a club rather than a diamond, so I was able to make.

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

  40. Profile photo of stevewehrle stevewehrle says:

    @banksia9 – have a fantastic trip!! I shall miss your insights and full, incisive comments. Where are you going?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N 2 P
    P P

  41. Profile photo of says:

    Did same as @drvksam. And made 2S.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N 2 2
    P P P

  42. Profile photo of squarepeg61 squarepeg61 says:

    @banksia9-Have a wonderful time on the high seas! We’ll miss your contributions here!

    Went down one in 1S. I’ll have another go at it and see if I can do better.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 P
    P 1 P P
    P

  43. Profile photo of debdaniels debdaniels says:

    1/1634 — unexpected, but happy.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 1
    P 2 P P
    P

  44. Profile photo of debdaniels debdaniels says:

    Enjoy banksia9– will miss your comments and the competition!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 1
    P 2 P P
    P

  45. Profile photo of judyjunkin judyjunkin says:

    First time couldn’t resist going to 2 S when N bid 1 Spade. Disaster as we went down with the cross ruff. Second time stopped at 1 S and we made it. .
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 P
    P 1 P P
    P

  46. Profile photo of paulines paulines says:

    Partner bid 1nt. To me that is 15-18 HCP’s, opp took my transfer bid of 2 hearts, I x to say opp took my bid and partner passed!! Grrr. I replayed and just bid 2 spades and easily made.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1N 2 2
    P P P

  47. was very tempted to bid 1S with so many eventhough I had no points to speak of. But resisted and thankfully N bid them so just made 7 tricks
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 P
    P 1 P P
    P

  48. Profile photo of megs megs says:

    I only had 1 point so I did not bid. Played in 1 spade and made it.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 P
    P 1 P P
    P

  49. made two spades, computer played out its aces and the spades split……all went well
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 1
    P 2 P P
    P

  50. Profile photo of evereece evereece says:

    Played east, bid and made five clubs…another fun one! 😀

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

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