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43 Comments

  1. joanbutts says:

    An interesting auction giving false preference at the three level. At least North had a good hand. And 4S played well. 480.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 3 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  2. humbleme says:

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

  3. geo46 says:

    Computer took us to 4S after I bid 1NT over the 1S opening; made 5. Would have made 12 tricks if I followed through with the finesse of the SQ on the second trump lead, but wilted played the K. Pretty straightforward hand to play.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 4 P P
    P

  4. graeme says:

    Not thrilled about my 2H bid with only 9 points. Thought about 1NT but in the end took an optimistic view. Either 2H or 1NT could be right.
    3D is a new suit at the 3 level, forcing me to bid again. We might only have a 7 card spade fit at that point but it’s still worth showing partial support and North can decide what to do next.
    12 tricks can be made because the SQ is in the West hand so you can finesse.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 3 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P
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  5. newtz2001 says:

    Spade suit was remarkably well behaved given I was missing the AQ! Even diamond split also made life easy

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

  6. najat says:

    Surprisingly the contract ended 4 Hearts and made it

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

  7. najat says:

    Played it second time 4 spades made 11 tricks
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 3 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  8. oz-tin says:

    4 H contract. Made it with 10 tricks

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

  9. ted11 says:

    Same results as @humbleme.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 4 P P
    P

  10. Bid 6 spades & made it.From north’s bidding I could smell something unique in norths distribution of cards so decided to take a chance on little slam.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 3 P 3
    P 4 P 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  11. Wests doubling also strengthened my belief that i could take finesse in spades
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
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    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 3 P 3
    P 4 P 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  12. heatherte1 says:

    After the lesson, on how to assess the hands. I sort of understand, bit to go really. Anyway, it worked and made 12 tricks. Thanks Graeme and bajir, trying to ask the questions that need to be asked for the mere mortals to understand.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 4 P P
    P

  13. trump says:

    Struggled with that, made 9 first couple of attempts then 10 at third. I think I must be missing something obvious here as it looks a straightforward hand and other comments suggest that indeed it is.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 4 P P
    P

  14. bid 6 diamonds & made.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 3 P 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  15. josiew says:

    Oops wrong button!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
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    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 3 P P
    P

  16. sockstevens says:

    How on earth can 6D make with KQ H and A S against you. Even with S finesse, which isn’t obvious as W doubled the H bid.

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

  17. 12 tricks should be quite easily feasible, even against good defense: you have to discard a heart on the ace of clubs, and impasse against the queen of spades.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 4 P P
    P

  18. normie616 says:

    my meagre result 3D contract and made it cheers normie sa
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
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    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 3 P P
    P

  19. normie616 says:

    you beauty! ,up with the majority again! played 4S this time and made my 11 tricks cheers normie sa
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 3 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  20. fishy says:

    with a block in clubs I bid 3nt very pleased to make 10
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 3 P 3N
    P 4 P P
    P

  21. fishy says:

    Thanks Graeme! I wouldnt have made 12 tricks in Spades without reading your comment -and better to end up in Spades than hearts. BTW found the video on working out the hands really helpful when I’d watched it a couple of times
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 3 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  22. theresafoley says:

    @graeme does your response of 2H to openers 1 spade, promise 5 hearts?
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 4 P P
    P

  23. woland80 says:

    i made 12 tricks
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 4 P P
    P

  24. vicwaitt says:

    9 easier than 10 !!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 3 P 3N
    P 4 P P
    P

  25. nelle says:

    Under bid and under played. Passed 1S made 8 tricks. 2nd try made 10.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P P
    P

  26. rita928 says:

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

  27. suzie says:

    Played it twice in 4H and can’t make it; anyone tell me how it is done? Thanks!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 3 P 3N
    P 4 P P
    P

  28. Went down one on this hand. Disappointing, will replay.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 3 P 3N
    P 4 P P
    P

  29. kennecter says:

    Made 12 easily, with favorable distribution–winning two spade finesses and having good spade and diamond splits.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 3 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  30. jb4400 says:

    How can anyone bid 6?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 4 P P
    P

  31. drvksam says:

    Suzie, I think the key is to ruff the opening club lead, keeping the AC for later. I then lead a heart to the JH which held. Hoping for a 2-2 heart break at this point I played the AH then 8H throwing spades, taken by the QH in East hand. Hoping for diamonds to break I discarded spades from now on. East lead a club which I took with the Ace. I lead the 7H which brought out the KH from East. East lead another club taken by West who continued with a club which I ruffed with the last heart. My five diamonds were preserved in dummy and they broke 3-2 which allowed the contract to make. West should have taken his AS so I was lucky.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 3 P 3N
    P 4 P P
    P

  32. johna says:

    Played 4S first time around for careless 11 tricks and then replayed it finessing spades properly for 12 tricks. Still works when bidding 6S but wouldn’t bid it without 20/20 hindsight.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 3 P 3
    P 4 P 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  33. dcatjones says:

    4 spades made 11 tricks. I will try again to see if I can make 12
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 4 P P
    P

  34. johna says:

    Makes 6NT easily. Two Ace stoppers and two dominant suits.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 4 P 6N
    P P P

  35. squarepeg61 says:

    Made 11 tricks in 4S.


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

  36. davesday says:

    Hmm Shouldn’t have worked but did. better luck than strategy me’s think.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
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    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 3 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P 6N
    P P P

  37. wandad says:

    2nd time made 11. Stuck with pulling Trump
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
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    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 4 P P
    P

  38. cjmahoney1 says:

    Could you PLEASE program your computer to rebid their SIX CARD MAJOR???? I had to replay this hand to achieve the correct bid. Partner’s hand was more powerful than it indicated. Slam bid was a possibility if the computer had the right programming.

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

    • graeme says:

      Hiya @cjmahoney1,
      Actually, I’d bid 3D with the North hand, too. Hate to ignore those beautiful diamonds! I suspect I won’t convince you on this hand but take a look at some of the other comments and auctions for some ideas. You’ll see that a lot of players supported spades on the second round. Your 2H bid already shows a 5 card hearts suit so repeating that suit would show 6. It’s ok to support spades with 2 on the second round in that auction. Partner still has the chance to explore a bit.

  39. debdaniels says:

    Spades makes 12. Congrats to top scorers!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 2
    X 3 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  40. radiog says:

    I a so excited to make 6NT. Yaay!!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 4 P 6N
    P P P

  41. himself says:

    Don’t think this is good enough for a 2H response – 1NT for me.
    Made 6, ran 9S and W oblingly went up withjust losing to AS. Nothing to lose by attempting the finesse after coming back to hand with AH
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 4 P P
    P

  42. carolecat says:

    This is the first time I’ve ever played well upside down! Made 12. 🙂
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 P 1N
    P 4 P P
    P

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