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From the auction and the lead, can you figure out West’s hand?

At first glance, this doesn’t seem like the most exciting hand. But don’t overlook the opportunity to practice “seeing” the unseen hands.

Based just on the auction and the lead, can you figure out West’s hand?

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  1. At first glance, this doesn’t seem like the most exciting hand. But don’t overlook the opportunity to practice “seeing” the unseen hands.

    Based just on the auction and the lead, can you figure out West’s hand?

  2. Profile photo of joanbutts joanbutts says:

    Defending 1NT and the first trick tells us not only has partner led a four card suit but declarer has five of them. The only real question is whether partner has three or four spades, ie 3334 or 4324. Making 7 for -90.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    1 P 1 P
    1N P P P

  3. Profile photo of baygon2014 baygon2014 says:

    Did not have much faith on defending 1nt so made the sacrifice bid of 2 clubs – hoping that e/w would bid on but no such luck and so ended up with -100.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    1 P 1 P
    1N P P 2
    P P P

  4. Profile photo of delta delta says:

    One off 50
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    1 P 1 P
    1N P P P

  5. Profile photo of player4 player4 says:

    Thanks for the reminder @graeme. Gave it plenty of thought, ducked the first club, let them take their 3 diamond tricks, then they only had 2 more winners. Made seven tricks N/S, 50.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    1 P 1 P
    1N P P P

  6. Profile photo of player4 player4 says:

    @joanbutts – it was clear that partner had 4spades – East had bid spades so had west had four he would have supported them. And spot on with the club distribution.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    1 P 1 P
    1N P P P

  7. Profile photo of diannej diannej says:

    ducked the first club trick and then plain sailing to make them go one down. The no trump bid was indicative of not much support for partners bids, so the retreat into no trump was the only option for West.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    1 P 1 P
    1N P P P

  8. Profile photo of trump trump says:

    Wasn’t expecting to get 9 for 150 points, Enjoying first place while it lasts! No particular strategy just stuck by the general rules, pays off sometimes!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    1 P 1 P
    1N P P P

  9. Profile photo of maryprice maryprice says:

    I hate defending 1NT. Thanks for the great hints. Will try to work out my defence better. BTW. I think in pictures. I see the cards in my mind.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    1 P 1 P
    1N P P P

  10. Was a bit cheeky to bid 1H as an overcall with only 4 of them but took a chance being the 1st level only and being ina major. It paid off nicely making 8 tricks. Not something I would do all the
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 1
    1N 2 P P
    P

  11. Profile photo of valeriejoan valeriejoan says:

    Overcalled hearts in error, misled partner into thinking I had 5 hearts, they supported me with 3 hearts, but we made it. Phew!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 1
    1N 2 P P
    P

  12. Profile photo of stevewehrle stevewehrle says:

    @bajir, @graeme, great video! Really helpful talk through Graeme and great questions, Bajir! Thanks
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    1 P 1 P
    1N P P P

  13. Profile photo of nelle nelle says:

    Opponents made their 1NT bid.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    1 P 1 P
    1N P P P

  14. Profile photo of sandra sandra says:

    defended against 1 nt They made 8 but I guess I shouldnt have taken the first trick with the ace of clubs will play it again differently and see if I can get them down
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    1 P 1 P
    1N P P P

  15. Profile photo of ballca ballca says:

    Made 150……poor EW…..
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    1 P 1 P
    1N P P P

  16. Profile photo of triciacallow triciacallow says:

    Hi @trump, PLEEEASE tell me how you got EW 3 down? I can’t see any way.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    1 P 1 P
    1N P P P

  17. Profile photo of vickidean vickidean says:

    Absolutely love @Bajir questions and the discussions w/ @tina, @joan and @graeme! Us newbies benefit greatly – ThankU
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    1 P 1 P
    1N P P P

  18. Profile photo of lynng lynng says:

    @graeme and @bajir, loved the video. Replayed and still didn’t do well. Partner still didn’t take the ace, king of spades when the chance was there and lost the ace. Grrr.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    1 P 1 P
    1N P P P

  19. Profile photo of trump trump says:

    Hi @triciacallow, just tried it again, I took first trick with the ace as I figured N was leading his 4th highest club, then I played a low heart and the discarded spades leaving diamonds til last but partner won lots of the tricks so may just have been luck that my play won out. I play Acol, it is possible your bidding system is different from mine.

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

  20. Profile photo of macqueen macqueen says:

    great questions. It will need a bit of practice to sink in. Thanks
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    1 P 1 P
    1N P P P

  21. Profile photo of paddy1 paddy1 says:

    Great video guystill made 4 ew 9
    Interesting that ducking the CA went well… can see
    The logic to that knowing E has 5C

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

  22. Profile photo of judyjunkin judyjunkin says:

    I did not bid as I only had 8 points. E W ended up in 1 NT. They made 2. Some others set them or they barely made 1. Gonna play it again and see if I can set them!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    1 P 1 P
    1N P P P

  23. Profile photo of judyjunkin judyjunkin says:

    E W bid 1 NT and we ended up setting them 1 trick! Yahoo! Good for us!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    1 P 1 P
    1N P P P

  24. Profile photo of mcginty mcginty says:

    @graeme actually got 50 whopee
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    1 P 1 P
    1N P P P

  25. Profile photo of lorraineb lorraineb says:

    thanks for the video, Graeme and Bajir
    …it sure is a big step up but must take it. Got them down 1 in this hand but I only counted E card shape. Wrote it down and surprised that I had it right but it took a while. Guess with practice seeing hands in this way comes faster. Whew! Will keep on keeping on. Cheers
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    1 P 1 P
    1N P P P

  26. Not too happy with first hand as they made the contract. Rebid, same bidding & end contract, this time getting them down 1 for 50 pts.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    1 P 1 P
    1N P P P

  27. Profile photo of jan2bridge jan2bridge says:

    @bjair I am baffled. It would take me at least 15 min. to try to figure who has what.
    I applaud all who have sharp memory .

  28. Profile photo of mcfluff mcfluff says:

    Thanks for the video @graeme and @bajir. I expect this detective work will fall into place at some point! My powers of deduction are already quite strained until I get a bit more experience but I am trying to think about building it in.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    1 P 1 P
    1N P P P

  29. Profile photo of carolecat carolecat says:

    One part of the video confused me a bit. North led the 4. Since we could see the 2 and the 3 — so it was determined that North had exactly 4 Clubs. Please explain. Thanks!

  30. Profile photo of impatti impatti says:

    EW bid 1NT. Set them, down one. Incidentally, S did not duck 1st club. Hmm.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    1 P 1 P
    1N P P P

  31. Profile photo of rwebb rwebb says:

    EW played 1 NT S took first club and led club back to N and lost to Q. E ran diamonds but J took fourth trick. Led spades back to N which took next 2 tricks. They ducked to the Q spades . Q hearts took next trick when W played J. North took final tricks with 9spade and J clubs. I guess leading clubs back was not the way to do it but it worked out. I’m new at this so am missing some of the basics
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    1 P 1 P
    1N P P P

  32. Profile photo of wandad wandad says:

    How can N go to sleep with a winning A in his hand?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    1 P 1 P
    1N P P P

  33. Profile photo of amafyram amafyram says:

    @Graeme and @bajir: your video on counting the hand is terrific. I followed your ‘guess’ and by about teh 5th trick it was confirmed. This placed my partner with 4 spades, so we made 7 tricks total.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    1 P 1 P
    1N P P P

  34. Profile photo of simplyme simplyme says:

    EW went down three to my NS defence. Fluke maybe?
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    1 P 1 P
    1N P P P

  35. Profile photo of pushpa pushpa says:

    Score 50. Made 7 tricks
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    1 P 1 P
    1N P P P

  36. Profile photo of shobhajolly shobhajolly says:

    Score 150. Made 9 tricks. Don’t know how but quite happy with the score.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    1 P 1 P
    1N P P P

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