Play Bridge | 20 03 2017 | Hand 2 | ♠6 ♥K2 ♦QJ98 ♣AKQ762
March 20, 2017
Play Bridge | 20 03 2017 | Hand 4 | ♠T8652 ♥AKT ♦AKT4 ♣K
March 20, 2017

Play Bridge | 20 03 2017 | Hand 3 | ♠QT7 ♥AKJ2 ♦AQ63 ♣AT

32 Comments

  1. lizzys says:

    3NT making 5
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 2N
    P 3 P 3
    P 3N P P
    P

  2. lizzys says:

    3NT making 5
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 2N
    P 3 P 3
    P 3N P P
    P

  3. graeme says:

    I could have made 12 tricks the easy way by playing a low spade towards the QT7 but I went the other way and ran the SQ. That lost to the SK and when I later played the ST and West didn’t cover I was pretty sure I’d guessed wrong. Now I just had to hope that on the run of the clubs someone would have to make a discard they didn’t want to make. Check East’s hand on the run of the clubs. He either has to throw away the SJ or one of is hearts.

    So often these hands look really complicated but they’re not. Even if you can’t remember all the cards that have been played, towards the end you know the SJ is still out so you try the hearts.

    It’s better if you can keep track of everything but that comes with practice. In the meantime it’s ok to look for shortcuts… Watch
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 2N
    P 3 P 3
    P 3N P P
    P

  4. graeme says:

    I could have made 12 tricks the easy way by playing a low spade towards the QT7 but I went the other way and ran the SQ. That lost to the SK and when I later played the ST and West didn’t cover I was pretty sure I’d guessed wrong. Now I just had to hope that on the run of the clubs someone would have to make a discard they didn’t want to make. Check East’s hand on the run of the clubs. He either has to throw away the SJ or one of is hearts.

    So often these hands look really complicated but they’re not. Even if you can’t remember all the cards that have been played, towards the end you know the SJ is still out so you try the hearts.

    It’s better if you can keep track of everything but that comes with practice. In the meantime it’s ok to look for shortcuts… Watch
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 2N
    P 3 P 3
    P 3N P P
    P

  5. peony123 says:

    @tina so thrilled bid 6nt and got 6
    Peony123

  6. Peony123 says:

    @tina so thrilled bid 6nt and got 6
    Peony123

  7. player4 says:

    @graeme when sitting on 10 points and partner opens with a strong 2 shouldn’t it always be taken to slam? OK to look for a major but 6NT should be a given. 30plus points between you almost always makes at least 12 tricks. Is my partner programmed to be timid – or has the machine been drinking!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 2N
    P 3 P 3
    P 3N P P
    P

  8. Player4 says:

    @graeme when sitting on 10 points and partner opens with a strong 2 shouldn’t it always be taken to slam? OK to look for a major but 6NT should be a given. 30plus points between you almost always makes at least 12 tricks. Is my partner programmed to be timid – or has the machine been drinking!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 2N
    P 3 P 3
    P 3N P P
    P

  9. rajika says:

    Bid 6 NT and made 12 Tricks….
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 2N
    P 3 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P 6N
    P P P

  10. Darshani Jayasinghe says:

    Bid 6 NT and made 12 Tricks….
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 2N
    P 3 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P 6N
    P P P

  11. lynng says:

    Agree with @player4 @ Graeme. How do I know to go to slam?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 2N
    P 3 P 3
    P 3N P 4N
    P P P

  12. LynnG says:

    Agree with @player4 @ Graeme. How do I know to go to slam?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 2N
    P 3 P 3
    P 3N P 4N
    P P P

  13. Great score @lynng. Have you had a few days off? My result was mediocre…
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 2N
    P 3 P 3
    P 3N P P
    P

  14. Poppingpopcorn says:

    Great score @lynng. Have you had a few days off? My result was mediocre…
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 2N
    P 3 P 3
    P 3N P P
    P

  15. wadkin37 says:

    49506742 @graeme
    I’m very impressed by your card play and enjoy watching your “watch” videos. I have to reevaluate my approach to each hand.
    I seem to be better defending as opposed to being declarer. Perhaps I should make a date with Mr. Watson.

  16. sbc49506742 says:

    49506742 @graeme
    I’m very impressed by your card play and enjoy watching your “watch” videos. I have to reevaluate my approach to each hand.
    I seem to be better defending as opposed to being declarer. Perhaps I should make a date with Mr. Watson.

  17. player4 says:

    @graeme Thanks for your response. Made me think about it and even refer to some old cheat sheets I used to use! I have to admit I have played the past few years on the basis that 30 combined points is almost always worth going for the slam. And it makes far more often than it fails. Seems that @lynng does the same, though I must admit she’s often a bit of a gambler! However, some of the books suggest 33 points are needed – did the computer read my old books? Either way, with this hand my 2NT opening says 20, 21 or 22 points, partner has 10 hcp and two doubletons. Seems to me that the odds strongly favour a slam.
    I still can’t decide whether I prefer playing with a sedate conservative partner or a wild one that lives on the edge! I guess it’s all about consistency but suspect you’ve built some kind of occasionally applied random bid generator into the programme, which keeps us all entertained. And keeps us thinking we’re all really smart and it must be the computer’s fault!

    • graeme says:

      In the end it’s up to you how adventurous you want to be, @player4. Hand evaluation is more complicated than just adding up your points and on each hand there is a lot to consider. But, allowing ourselves just to consider points for now, 30 points and two fairly balanced hands seems a little too adventurous to me. With a bit of shape and a good trump fit, sure, but there is a lot of wisdom in those old books and balanced hands have a habit of not going so well.

      Consider, too, that on this hand about half the players only made 11 tricks. If you make 12 then you can be well satisfied with your card play and not stress too much about the contract. Did you really miss a slam or did you play it well, make the most of your luck and bring in some valuable overtricks?

  18. Player4 says:

    @graeme Thanks for your response. Made me think about it and even refer to some old cheat sheets I used to use! I have to admit I have played the past few years on the basis that 30 combined points is almost always worth going for the slam. And it makes far more often than it fails. Seems that @lynng does the same, though I must admit she’s often a bit of a gambler! However, some of the books suggest 33 points are needed – did the computer read my old books? Either way, with this hand my 2NT opening says 20, 21 or 22 points, partner has 10 hcp and two doubletons. Seems to me that the odds strongly favour a slam.
    I still can’t decide whether I prefer playing with a sedate conservative partner or a wild one that lives on the edge! I guess it’s all about consistency but suspect you’ve built some kind of occasionally applied random bid generator into the programme, which keeps us all entertained. And keeps us thinking we’re all really smart and it must be the computer’s fault!

    • graeme says:

      In the end it’s up to you how adventurous you want to be, @player4. Hand evaluation is more complicated than just adding up your points and on each hand there is a lot to consider. But, allowing ourselves just to consider points for now, 30 points and two fairly balanced hands seems a little too adventurous to me. With a bit of shape and a good trump fit, sure, but there is a lot of wisdom in those old books and balanced hands have a habit of not going so well.

      Consider, too, that on this hand about half the players only made 11 tricks. If you make 12 then you can be well satisfied with your card play and not stress too much about the contract. Did you really miss a slam or did you play it well, make the most of your luck and bring in some valuable overtricks?

  19. chance22 says:

    3NT, 10 tricks first time, 12 second time
    W led D4

    I had a terrible time the first time through. What a nightmare! Figuring and figuring, worrying about splits, entries, etc., etc. (Not that I am against the figuring. The assumption, of course, is that by slogging through it now, it will become much easier later.)

    But I did much better the second time by taking @Graeme ‘s statement to heart: “So often these hands look really complicated but they’re not.”

    I was much more straightforward the second time. I made a quick identification for each suit. One simple improvement was realizing quickly that since I needed to keep the DQ for protection, I could ignore diamonds (even though I had spent considerable energy honing my opening lead inferences skills LOL).

    And then, instead of leaving the clubs alone as I had done the first time — fearing I needed to keep them for entries, only to find I couldn’t get over to the club winners — I went ahead and grabbed all those good clubs, which of course forced throw-offs by EW. Which in this case included three hearts, which set up the hearts very nicely.


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

  20. Chance22 says:

    3NT, 10 tricks first time, 12 second time
    W led D4

    I had a terrible time the first time through. What a nightmare! Figuring and figuring, worrying about splits, entries, etc., etc. (Not that I am against the figuring. The assumption, of course, is that by slogging through it now, it will become much easier later.)

    But I did much better the second time by taking @Graeme ‘s statement to heart: “So often these hands look really complicated but they’re not.”

    I was much more straightforward the second time. I made a quick identification for each suit. One simple improvement was realizing quickly that since I needed to keep the DQ for protection, I could ignore diamonds (even though I had spent considerable energy honing my opening lead inferences skills LOL).

    And then, instead of leaving the clubs alone as I had done the first time — fearing I needed to keep them for entries, only to find I couldn’t get over to the club winners — I went ahead and grabbed all those good clubs, which of course forced throw-offs by EW. Which in this case included three hearts, which set up the hearts very nicely.


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

  21. vigg75137 says:

    Well, the question on this one is whether we’re playing duplicate or IMP/money bridge. In duplicate you’ve got to overtake the 2nd club, play them out and lead toward the Q 10 of spades. In IMP’s you could be shot for the same. Bid 6? should not ordinarily…as it relies on , with a diamond lead the KS and the 3-3 or 4-2 split in clubs. If the K of diamonds in is W’s hand with J10 x in E’s. there are issues.
    s hand
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 2N
    P 3 P 3
    P 3N P P
    P

  22. Vigg75137 says:

    Well, the question on this one is whether we’re playing duplicate or IMP/money bridge. In duplicate you’ve got to overtake the 2nd club, play them out and lead toward the Q 10 of spades. In IMP’s you could be shot for the same. Bid 6? should not ordinarily…as it relies on , with a diamond lead the KS and the 3-3 or 4-2 split in clubs. If the K of diamonds in is W’s hand with J10 x in E’s. there are issues.
    s hand
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 2N
    P 3 P 3
    P 3N P P
    P

  23. saml says:

    Bid 6N after partner went to 3N- made 12 tricks after E had to play DKing and made A and Q good. The videos with you,Bajir and Tina are fun to watch and helpful- always looking for different ways to think about the game- keep them going!


    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 1
    P 2 P 2
    P 3N P 6N
    P P P

  24. Saml says:

    Bid 6N after partner went to 3N- made 12 tricks after E had to play DKing and made A and Q good. The videos with you,Bajir and Tina are fun to watch and helpful- always looking for different ways to think about the game- keep them going!


    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 1
    P 2 P 2
    P 3N P 6N
    P P P

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