Play Bridge | 07 03 2017 | Hand 17 | ♠9532 ♥AK ♦Q52 ♣A842
March 7, 2017
Play Bridge | 07 03 2017 | Hand 30 | ♠J ♥KQJ83 ♦8754 ♣J72
March 8, 2017

The Beauty of the Boring Hand

Let’s face it, some hands you just seem to be following suit. It needn’t be boring, though. With that spare thinking time you can practice working out the distribution of the missing cards.

There are almost always clues in the auction and first few cards that will help you ‘see’ the hidden cards. You don’t need to have a great memory, you just have to watch for a few key moments.

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34 Comments

  1. Let’s face it, some hands you just seem to be following suit. It needn’t be boring, though. With that spare thinking time you can practice working out the distribution of the missing cards. There are almost always clues in the auction and first few cards that will help you ‘see’ the hidden cards. You don’t need to have a great memory, you just have to watch for a few key moments.

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

  2. Profile photo of onofre onofre says:

    Onofre
    Time zones! One minute I’m playing game 5 or 6, the next I’m in game 1.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 X
    3 P 5 P
    P P

  3. Profile photo of onofre onofre says:

    Onofre
    Now I have seen G&B’ lesson, should I assume that subconsciously I was going through the same process? I should NOT! But glad to put EW down.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 X
    3 P 5 P
    P P

  4. Profile photo of radiog radiog says:

    Decided to double EW. Made 100 points.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    3 P 5 X
    P P P

  5. Profile photo of rahamrick rahamrick says:

    So I doubled. What’s to lose? Played the Ace of hearts — just to capture that winner, then started in on the clubs. that doesn’t go anywhere. But, really, this is a no brainer. At 5 D, there is no way that E/W can get out of losing three tricks. Still — it felt good!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 X
    3 P 5 X
    P P P

  6. Profile photo of sockstevens sockstevens says:

    why didn’t N double?
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    3 P 5 P
    P P

  7. Profile photo of valeriejoan valeriejoan says:

    Took them down one, but I hadn’t doubled, so only 50 points

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

  8. Profile photo of terrypause terrypause says:

    i didnt double either, partner should of doubled standing there with AK diamonds, he knew we had clubs..and they would not be overstrong in spades and hearts
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 2
    3 4 5 P
    P P

  9. Profile photo of terrypause terrypause says:

    sorry, to keep on, why didnt anyone bid 2 clubs, you have 5 clubs, plus QJ10, which is rated as 8, worthy of a 2 club overcall
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 2
    3 4 5 P
    P P

  10. Profile photo of triciacallow triciacallow says:

    I agree with @sockstevens & @terrypause that N should double, not South. Doubling just for the hell of it on other occasions loses points. I’m also cross with myself for not getting them 2 down, but can’t see how it’s done.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    3 P 5 P
    P P

  11. Profile photo of nelle nelle says:

    E/W down 1. Same result as many others.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    3 P 5 P
    P P

  12. Profile photo of sbc49506742 sbc49506742 says:

    49506742@Bajir
    This concept of reconstructing the other hands is really difficult but one which I hope to adopt. Our brains don’t
    function as well on boring hands as they do on others. I hope to practice in the future. But sometimes I forget
    the bidding. It might be helpful to have the Bidding displayed for a short time before the play begins…or a call up
    display in the Review.

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

    • Profile photo of bajir bajir says:

      I hear you!! And good news… you can review the auction at any point! Just click or tap on the contract at the top of the play screen and you can review the auction. You can also review the last trick won by clicking on the trick count at the top or from Menu –> Review.

      Hope that helps!

  13. Pretty much even Stevens on this hand. Defeated by 1.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 2
    3 4 5 P
    P P

  14. For what it’s worth I replayed as north & doubled the 5 diamonds which got them down.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    3 P 5 P
    P X P P
    P

  15. Profile photo of judyjunkin judyjunkin says:

    I couldn’t bid but N should have doubled this hand. We set them by 1 as did many others. Maybe we should have figured a way to get another trick.?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    3 P 5 P
    P P

  16. Profile photo of squarepeg61 squarepeg61 says:

    Took E-W down one in 5D. Should have doubled. Didn’t.


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

  17. Profile photo of halfri halfri says:

    With a shortage in diamonds and some lovely clubs I chose to bid. Made 4 tricks against them. YAY!!!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 2
    3 4 5 P
    P P

  18. Profile photo of triciacallow triciacallow says:

    65 people got EW 2 down – can’t any of them tell me how?
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    3 P 5 P
    P P

  19. Profile photo of perrypie perrypie says:

    I doubled the 5C, relying on partner having a trick up sleeve. S/he did.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 X
    3 P 5 X
    P P P

  20. Profile photo of jackie jackie says:

    I got them down by 4
    I had X it and started playing 3 H in row partner trumpet the 3erd H
    Scored 300 points
    Thanks

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

  21. Profile photo of jilld jilld says:

    I played the hearts first and got them 3 down
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    3 P 5 P
    P P

  22. Profile photo of marcie-g marcie-g says:

    Got them down one. Found the exercise very interesting but it takes practice – everything moved too fast for my weak brain. Will, however, keep on trying.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    3 P 5 P
    P P

  23. Profile photo of michael102 michael102 says:

    Got them one down, like most. The H lead is the killer, should have stopped to think what to lead. Good lesson for me.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    3 P 5 P
    P P

  24. Profile photo of jcjr1000 jcjr1000 says:

    Set the 5 diamond 2 tricks not doubled. They allowed my 9 of diamonds to take a trick! What up with the computer ?? They can save it at down 1??
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 2
    3 4 5 P
    P P

  25. Profile photo of pdiomartich pdiomartich says:

    why in the world would someone double the one diamond bid? you don’t have opening points… I’m afraid your partner can’t trust you…. thats for anyone who doubled the first diamond. Now other then that it was a boring hand, no offense. who’s lovin ya
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    3 P 5 P
    P P

  26. Profile photo of pdiomartich pdiomartich says:

    one more thing north and south have no business bidding..
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    3 P 5 P
    P P

  27. Profile photo of charlie15 charlie15 says:

    Why would East jump to 5 Diamonds? It’s a contrived bid and unrealistic.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    3 P 5 P
    P P

    • Profile photo of graeme graeme says:

      It might not be the best bid, @charlie15, I do agree with you there. It’s not contrived, though. Just a dodgy decision. I hope you can still get some value out of the hand by figuring out the shape, though. We can still practice our technique when the opponents aren’t on their best game. 🙂

  28. Profile photo of davstevens davstevens says:

    The only way I can see to set 5D two is to lead a low heart and then give North a heart ruff. But I make a point not to underlead an Ace if I can help it, so the best I can do is set it one. North should have doubled, counting on my overcall (South in my opinion should overcall 2C) for a trick, but knowing North would not double, I did. Happened to work this time.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 2
    3 4 5 X
    P P P

  29. Profile photo of sunnybda sunnybda says:

    Dave, the hand is too weak for south to make a 2 club overcall. Ideally, you should have 10 points to go to the 2 level or you and p could find yourself in some sticky situations.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    3 P 5 P
    P P

  30. Profile photo of nelle nelle says:

    Wow!! Iam in good company. Down 1
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    3 P 5 P
    P P

  31. Profile photo of anguss anguss says:

    brought them down by one . N should have doubled
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 P
    3 P 5 P
    P P

  32. Profile photo of janetru janetru says:

    Confused — trying to “play” this hand after watching video but unable to do so?

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