Play Bridge | 02 02 2017 | Hand 1 | ♠A8 ♥AKQJ53 ♦AJ3 ♣J8
February 2, 2017
Trust Your Gut and Discard Your Losers
February 4, 2017

5/5 Come Alive

Shape is so important. Not all 9 point hands are the same. Often you should upgrade shapely hands and downgrade balanced ones.

Long suits are a great source of tricks.

59 Comments

  1. Shape is so important. Not all 9 point hands are the same. Often you should upgrade shapely hands and downgrade balanced ones.

    Long suits are a great source of tricks.


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

  2. Profile photo of charlie53 charlie53 says:

    @tina. Re bidding this hand in the standard system
    – – P P
    P 1C P 1H
    P 1N P
    As I don’t have 10 points I didn’t bid 2D, but repeated the hearts as I didn’t like the idea of no trumps.
    N then left me in 2H.
    The hint advises a 2D bid by S.

    Any advise on bidding?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P P
    P 1 P 1
    P 1N P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  3. Profile photo of gillian3 gillian3 says:

    What is the link for learning transfers please
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P P
    P 1N P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  4. Profile photo of egan egan says:

    Bid 4h made 11, lost a jh to the kh they kept leading c and I ruffed. Surprised how easy it was.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P P
    P 1 P 1
    P 1N P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  5. Profile photo of annettelarke annettelarke says:

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

  6. Profile photo of dcsk dcsk says:

    Where do you see the hints ?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P 1
    P 2 P 2
    P 4 P P
    P

  7. Profile photo of dcsk dcsk says:

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

  8. Profile photo of debdaniels debdaniels says:

    Feeling good about this one—- not the best score, but needs to be played unconventionally in my book!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P 1
    P 2 P 2
    P 4 P P
    P

  9. Mucked up first hand, not concentrating again today. The sunny day has thrown me… played this again in 2 hearts & made 11. Can’t tell you how!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P P
    P 1 P 1
    P 1N P 2
    P P P

  10. Profile photo of MargM MargM says:

    Played in 2 H and made 11
    Replayed in 4 H twice and made only 9 both times !!?
    Mm
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P P
    P 1 P 1
    P 1N P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  11. Profile photo of bridgergal bridgergal says:

    Got 10 but sadly followed the hint so only went to 2H. ………darn!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P P
    P 1N P 2
    P 2 P P
    P

  12. Profile photo of sable sable says:

    I’m happy with 10 tricks first try.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P P
    P 1 P 1
    P 1N P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  13. Profile photo of jan2bridge jan2bridge says:

    @tina I have a difficult time playing this hand. I ran out of trumps and could not use all my diamonds. How did you play this hand? This was my first lesson on transfers.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P P
    P 1 P 1
    P 1N P P
    P

  14. Profile photo of normie616 normie616 says:

    same as above.I cannot for the life of me get any more that 9 tricks on this hand before i lose the rest of my hair can you please explain Hve been trying over 2 days and 2 hours cheers normie sa
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P P
    P 1N P 2
    P 2 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  15. Profile photo of gjaqua gjaqua says:

    hi @tina – this seems so hit and miss to me. I did as the hints said, (mentioned the diamonds), then partner went back to 2H, so I thought partner had minimum opening points with mainly a few clubs. With my xxxxx diamonds, no clue that partner has AKQ, how is it sensible to go past 2H?? There isn’t anything except hope to tell me we have enough points or shape for game.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P P
    P 1 P 1
    P 1N P 2
    P 2 P P
    P

    • Profile photo of tina tina says:

      @gjaqua
      I’m not sure it is hit and miss, its a question of how you value the hand. 5/5 shapes are great and you know partner has some diamond support as he bid notrumps. Why not bid 3 to invite partner to game. You have already agreed hearts so partner should know that you are making an invitation. I’m just a sucker for good shape!

  16. Profile photo of twocents twocents says:

    I would never have gone to 4H in real life, but did so through your persuasion and was pleased to find how valuable the void was and how lucky to play through West to capture the KH. Very interesting!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P P
    P 1N P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  17. Made 11 in 4 h. But the computer did not open 1 n/t, they opened 1club.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P P
    P 1 P 1
    P 1N P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  18. Profile photo of elizakaye elizakaye says:

    Because of the different lead by the computer I was able to make 11 tricks.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P P
    P 1 P 1
    P 1N P 2
    P 2 P P
    P

  19. Profile photo of holley holley says:

    Leap of faith rebidding 4H after transfer to Hearts. Void was worth risk as knew partner had to have at least 2-3 hearts
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P P
    P 1N P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  20. Profile photo of verona verona says:

    @tina Got 4 hearts but no transfers. @verona
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P 1
    P 2 P 2
    P 3N P 4
    P P P

  21. Profile photo of sbc39982256 sbc39982256 says:

    Second time made 10 !
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P 1
    P 2 P 2
    P 4 P P
    P

  22. Profile photo of says:

    went to 4h after my p’s 3 h and made 11 tricks easily
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P P
    P 1 P 2
    P 3 P 4
    P P P

  23. Profile photo of markpx markpx says:

    Passed on first round, partner bid 1NT (weak), I bid Stayman asking for majors, partner denied 4 card major with 2D response. I then I jumped to 3H forcing to game, after partner’s 3NT, I bid 4D, giving partner a choice of a contract in hearts or diamonds. Partner bid 4H. After several attempts I made ten tricks in hearts for a score of 620.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P P
    P 1N P 2
    P 2 P 3
    P 3N P 4
    P 4 P P
    P

  24. If I bid iH first, I cannot justify any other than a 2H rebid, showing weakness. However, the (only) time I did this, partner went straight to four, which I made – I’m not quite sure how you can make five, but then the computer does do odd things sometimes, like holding up aces, so maybe that’s the explanation?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P 1
    P 2 P 2
    P 4 P P
    P

  25. Profile photo of younglady younglady says:

    Did make 4H the second time around. Even having bid 2 D. And they made me be able to get rid of two SP loosers.
    younglady
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P 1
    P 2 P 2
    P 4 P P
    P

  26. Profile photo of aujeanne aujeanne says:

    Bid 2 Hearts, made 11 — I cannot see how one would go to game after the 2 heart response from North… Please advise.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P P
    P 1 P 1
    P 1N P 2
    P 2 P P
    P

  27. Profile photo of chini chini says:

    Bid 4H, made 5. Natural bidding, diamonds worked out in the end and last spade good.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P P
    P 1 P 2
    P 3 P 4
    P P P

  28. Profile photo of firie firie says:

    Bid 4 Hearts and made 10. When partner bid 2C I then bid 2NT thinking that 3NT could be the contract with partner covering Clubs. However all turned out well when he went 4H.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P 1
    P 2 P 2N
    P 4 P P
    P

  29. Profile photo of blondie58 blondie58 says:

    Bid 2H making 3.. seeing lots making 4… I totally messed up the bidding… should have shown partner the diamond suit rather than showing the 5th heart for the pass… sometimes I wish there was an undo button 🙂
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P P
    P 1 P 1
    P 1N P 2
    P P P

  30. Profile photo of kalynpress kalynpress says:

    Tried a few times finally made 4 hearst tho I struggled somewhat..
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P 1
    P 2 P 2
    P 4 P P
    P

  31. Profile photo of katerina katerina says:

    Bid and made 4 hearts after several tries!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P P
    P 1 P 1
    P 1N P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  32. Profile photo of susanv susanv says:

    played 4H. made 4H. Bidding: P, 1H, 2C, 2D, 4H.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P 1
    P 2 P 2
    P 4 P P
    P

  33. Profile photo of beachcomber beachcomber says:

    Bid and made 4H. Interesting hand.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P P
    P 1N P 2
    P 2 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  34. Profile photo of says:

    bid 3 h and made 4 should have gone for 4 as was able to ruff clubs
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P P
    P 1 P 1
    P 1N P 2
    P 2 P 3
    P P P

  35. Profile photo of delta delta says:

    Choose made 10
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P 1
    P 2 P 4
    P 4 P P
    P

  36. Profile photo of sbc49506742 sbc49506742 says:

    49506742 @Tina
    I made the contract of 4H. However how we got there was not how you and Bajir did.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P 1
    P 2 P 2
    P 3N P 4
    P P P

  37. Profile photo of says:

    Bid the way most did to be in 4H. Have replayed the hand 4 times and cannot make that tenth trick. Will someone please help me see the right way to make this hand? Thank you
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P 1
    P 2 P 2
    P 4 P P
    P

  38. Profile photo of michelleo michelleo says:

    First time… I bid 1D first and ended up in 3NT … not ideal.
    Second time… I bid 1H first, followed up with 2H and ended up in 4H … winning 10 tricks and making my contract. %uD83D%uDE00
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P 1
    P 2 P 2
    P 4 P P
    P

  39. Profile photo of triciacallow triciacallow says:

    @alkasani … I worked it out second time around. Don’t trump the second lead of clubs … keep a trump in hand to get back to the diamonds after drawing trumps. W wins with the KC and might take the AS but whatever he leads next you get in and the rest are yours.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P 1
    P 2 P 2
    P 4 P P
    P

  40. Profile photo of lucinda lucinda says:

    I bid 4 hearts and made 10 tricks.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P P
    P 1N P 2
    P 2 P 3
    P 4 P P
    P

  41. Profile photo of scott8 scott8 says:

    Bid 4H, made 11 tricks. I wouldn’t normally bid 2D as I was taught that rebidding a new suit at the 2 level shows 10 points, but the void was worth another point in my book.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P P
    P 1 P 1
    P 1N P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  42. started by asking in diamonds and ended up in 3NT…..all went very well
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P 1
    P 2 P 2
    P 3N P P
    P

  43. Profile photo of dcatjones dcatjones says:

    Because I do not open 1NT with 12 – 14 HCP the computer opened 1 club and we only got to 3 hearts – which I did make. Will try again to see if I can make 4 hearts
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P P
    P 1 P 1
    P 1N P 2
    P 2 P 3
    P P P

  44. Profile photo of dcatjones dcatjones says:

    Tried a second time and the north bid it differently then first time – ended up in 4 hearts but I was unable to make it.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P 1
    P 2 P 2
    P 4 P P
    P

  45. Profile photo of dcatjones dcatjones says:

    Tried a 3rd time and still unable to make 4 hearts – even when I did not trump the clubs. What is the secret?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P P
    P 1 P 1
    P 1N P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  46. Profile photo of dcatjones dcatjones says:

    Finally figured it out – had to keep playing trumps each time I got in and ruffing clubs. Finally got the 10 tricks. Wonder how I could see how to handle this play before starting – I did see I had 4 losers but trying to figure out how to play it correctly is my challenge. Sure hope it gets easier as I play more
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P P
    P 1 P 1
    P 1N P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  47. Profile photo of mayroses mayroses says:

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

  48. Profile photo of pfredrix pfredrix says:

    Opened with 1H. I have found that on freak hands like this with few HCPs, it is best to consider obstructive as well as constructive tactics. Many factors need to be considered. In this case, I had 2 quick tricks, two 5-carders (one a major) with good intermediates, and a void. At the very least a 1H opening would be lead-directing. As it turned out, it started a game going auction, which made.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P 1
    P 2 P 2
    P 4 P P
    P

  49. Profile photo of powerofpawn powerofpawn says:

    Opened 1H with strong hearts, then rebid 2H, partner went to 4H, and made 10
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P 1
    P 2 P 2
    P 4 P P
    P

  50. Profile photo of bb47 bb47 says:

    @tina
    I counted the losers in Souths hand which was 6.
    Given you need 7 losers to open bidding, I opened with 1H, north responded 2C and I bid 2H with north going to 4H.

    Rather than passing first up, what do you think of this strategy?
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P 1
    P 2 P 2
    P 4 P P
    P

  51. I played this hand the first time 4 H and got it no problem. Then I noticed that someone had played and got 3NT. Well I played the hand in 3NT maybe 5 times and couldn’t get it. What am I doing wrong…………!

  52. Profile photo of 2Alisonrun 2Alisonrun says:

    Hi@dcsk. If you haven’t yet found the hints it’s done by hitting on the ? When it’s your turn to bid
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P P
    P 1 P 1
    P 1N P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  53. Profile photo of 2Alisonrun 2Alisonrun says:

    Hi @gillian3
    I found the lesson by hitting “ask”. Transfers are in the third (I think) column of lessons. Very clear instructions. To summarise you bid one lower than your 5 card major suit (eg 2 diamonds if you have 5 hearts) you have to bid at the 2 level because you only think of bidding transfers after a 1Nt bid from you partner. The reason you do this is that you want to tell your partner you are weak on points but have a 5 card major suit and then they with their strong points can take over. Hope I’ve got it right.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P P
    P 1 P 1
    P 1N P 2
    P 2 P 4
    P P P

  54. Profile photo of mirkri mirkri says:

    Hello,
    dont understand anything of this side

  55. Profile photo of bridgergal bridgergal says:

    @tina What do you actually mean with the come alive with five comment. I only see three suits. I went 3Hs and made it but not 4.
    Thanks
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – P P
    P 1N P 2
    P 2 P 3
    P P P

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