Poll: Choose correctly or lose your shot at 12 tricks!
August 23, 2017
Start With a Negative Double
August 31, 2017

No Shortage of Choices

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There’s not always one correct bid to make! With this hand you could bid 1NT, 2C, or pass. Double is another possibility although Graeme explains why it’s not his favourite choice. Think of what your reasonable options are and then choose among those.

35 Comments

  1. graeme says:


    So many choices. Maybe pass was best!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 1N
    P 3 P 3N
    P P P

  2. bajir says:

    I ended up playing in s and it thought my best chance at a 9th trick was to pick up a second trick. Unfortunately, I decided to save them for the end, hoping EW would discard enough s to force the K out under my A. Feels so silly now realizing how if I had played earlier (or gone for an early finesse), things might’ve worked out better.

    Anyone else who ended up in s plan their play better than I did?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 2
    P 3 P P
    P

  3. 997maybe says:

    I wish I could say I had @bajir…….


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

  4. unixman says:

    I really hate bidding hands like this I have to show the but it cuts out both the majors as bids…it least it cuts it out in both directions. The spades play out well to get you the contract. No doubt some will make it in NTS but it is a very brave person to go bidding them:)
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 2
    P 3 P P
    P

  5. I doubled the diamonds and partner called 3 Spades. Made 9 tricks by taking Ace of clubs and forcing King of spades with the Queen.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 X
    1 3 P P
    P

  6. magadam says:

    I bid 3c and made it. Good start to the morning….
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 2
    P 3 P P
    P

  7. jonana says:

    3 clubs making 3.. was happy with that 🙂
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 2
    P 3 P P
    P

  8. mariagee says:

    Played 3C and after several tries only made 8 bah hah!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 2
    P 3 P P
    P

  9. unixman says:

    @mariagee Finesse the spade twice first with the Q then the Low spade to the J and at the end you trump a spade
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 2
    P 3 P P
    P

  10. nelle says:

    I doubled and ended up in 3S making my bid. 🙂
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 X
    1 3 P P
    P

  11. ijohn says:

    Played in 3C and made 9 tricks. got 9th spot. well pleases
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 2
    P 3 P P
    P

  12. redsquirrel says:

    I bid and made 3C, left the spades till last, finessed the QS then played the 6S to the JS, played AS and threw last D, trumped KS. Will have to give 3NT a try
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 2
    P 3 P P
    P

  13. Bid and made 3C. Easy Spade finesse.

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

  14. debdaniels says:

    Congrats Victoria falls— made 3S replay— down 1 in 3C
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 X
    1 3 P P
    P

  15. debdaniels says:

    Should make 10 tricks on 3C—– stay alert.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 2
    P 3 P P
    P

  16. wadkin37 says:

    wadkin37
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 2
    P 3 P P
    P

  17. laura89 says:

    Played this in three clubs twice and went down 1 each time.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 2
    P 3 P P
    P

  18. A difficult hand. I played it a couple of times sitting both north & south. It made playing as north in 3 clubs.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 2
    P 3 P P
    P

  19. wadkin37 says:

    wadkin37 @ Graeme I’m not of brave heart as are you…holding 2 doubletons headed by queens, I shied away from NT and bid 2C. Finessed
    the spades leading the Q and then small to toward the J. Oppositions KS finally fell on the last trick, my A C. Made contract.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 2
    P 3 P P
    P

  20. blondie58 says:

    bid and made 3C…. wasn’t just a gimme…. nice hand to play. Hope you all have a great day!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 2
    P 3 P P
    P

  21. mariagee says:

    At last 9 tricks. If at first etc., I just needed to find the way! Getting there, getting there
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 2
    P 3 P P
    P

  22. ardbrugh says:

    The leprauchan made me do it!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 2
    P 3 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P 7
    P P P

  23. halfri says:

    I went for the double which is really not the right thing as I should have had 3 in the unbid suits but ended up making 3S. Happy
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 X
    1 3 P P
    P

  24. suzie says:

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

  25. barbot says:

    1 out of 1925 … I’m going assume .. alas… I’ll be going downhill from here on ….
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 X
    1 3 P 4
    P P P

  26. patmac says:

    I played it in 3 clubs and made 9 tricks, it could have been tempting to go to 3 NT
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 2
    P 3 P P
    P

  27. shiningstar says:

    3C making 9
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 2
    P 3 P P
    P

  28. player4 says:

    @graeme. I always find these hands dangerous. However, my regular bridge partner and I have an understanding whereby in the event of having a five card suit and an opening hand, we overcall and jump. So it’s a very clear message of 12 points and at least five of the suit bid. I’ve always found that simply doubling, partner almost always calls the suit I’m short in – and in this hand there’s two short suits. Of course the computer and I don’t have this pre-arranged convention. I sometimes wish I had the opportunity to programme my partner, as you do! It must help.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 2
    P 3 P P
    P

  29. frankkegley says:

    I prefer to “dis” doubleton Qs, especially QJ–they so often fall under the opponent’s AK for no gain to my side. Nevertheless, I overcalled 2C’s, hating it every step of the way. Made it on the nose, taking the spade finesse along the way.

    Any card you don’t see in your hand is twice as likely to belong to the opponents as to your side. Of course, this is before you know anything about your partner’s hand.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 2
    P 3 P P
    P

  30. debdaniels says:

    Few in my following played so I am A OK!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 2
    P 3 P P
    P

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