Play Bridge | 30 10 2017 | Hand 9 | ♠KJT74 ♥K8642 ♦A6 ♣A
October 30, 2017
Play Bridge | 31 10 2017 | Hand 3 | ♠KT6 ♥T54 ♦KQ86 ♣QT9
October 31, 2017

Poll: Trick or treat?

10 31, 2017 - Hand 1

77 Comments

  1. bajir says:

    Gosh what a tricky hand!! Was anyone able to make 3NT? What did you think was your best shot at a 9th trick?


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    • planebrown says:

      On playing the second time I was able to make 9 by getting the extra trick in clubs

    • bluezee says:

      @bajir Not to tricky but watching the video East bids a Diamond whilst here he bids 1NT west bids 2 Spades I go to 2NT and partner puts me to three the extra trick is in the club hand made ten altogether.
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    • huntert says:

      @bajir On second try I got the extra trick from the 13th club (8) with the king of spades left in dummy–and hoped for and got a spade lead at the end
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    • knance says:

      @bajir As long as the lead is not a heart, there are 9 tricks sitting there if you manage to go back and forth carefully; 4 diamonds, 3 spades and 2 clubs before you lose the lead.
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    • anushka says:

      @bajir yes made it after a couple of tries! won with Queen of diamonds then led the Ace Queen of spades, then a small diamond to the King, and from there could make the King of Spades.
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  2. sandycee says:

    @bajir certainly not a treat %uD83D%uDE2E I knew I couldn’t lose the lead and was lucky with the diamonds -any way to think it through? Would the bidding give clues??
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  3. bajir says:

    Wow, a much wider range of contracts and results than what we imagined!
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  4. suec88 says:

    great video thanks guys, have tried 3 times and still cant get more than 8 🙁
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  5. it can make 10 tricks play k q spades play heart diamond take k play king spades back club play 8
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  6. radiog says:

    Thanks Peter-m… tried what you said and made 11 Tricks!
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  7. MargM says:

    2clubs making 9
    mm
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  8. baygon2014 says:

    Please to make 11 tricks in 3nt disappointed that it was not a top board. I could see no way to make 9 tricks but 8 were there for the taking. I put myself in defenders shoes. They would see that hearts and spades are our vulnerabilities. So if I play out my eight tricks then I just might find that they are so busy holding on to their hearts and spade winners that they let me in. Won the first trick in hand with Qd. Played A,Q, of clubs and returned a diamond to the King and played the king of spades. East threw a diamond (at this stage East could still hope that Ace was with West!. Played a club to get back in hand and played out the two clubs, followed by the Ace of diamonds dropping the 9 and promoting my 8. East played a club on the 8 meaning that I could now make my four clubs losing just two heart tricks. I liked to pretend that i thought it all out but as@Bajhir said in the clip – I could see no way of making more than eight tricks so was prepared to rattle off my 8 tricks from the top. Crude but in this case effective.
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    • wince says:

      @baygon2014 Hello baygon…thanks again..but I became lost here…I made 9 but would love to follow how you made the 11… return to DK and play the KS ??? Did you mean you won the first 8 tricks before all of this? Thanks
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      • baygon2014 says:

        yes take the 8 tricks first. Think about it this way. If you are in an impossible contract, cannot see a way to make it then first thing you need to do is minimize the damage. I saw the hearts as a risk @graeme I cannot see the logic of even attempting hearts – I cannot see any layout which will result in dummy’s seven becoming a winner.

    • suec88 says:

      @baygon2014 thanks for that, i had tried 4 times but after looking at your comments sure enough made 11 !!
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  9. collar says:

    Ended up in 3 clubs making 4. Not good
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  10. dianap48 says:

    But what if you are playing Acol?
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  11. collar says:

    I1 doubled but bid clubs instead of nt. But made 4 i3 club contract

  12. trump says:

    Played 3 nt and made it, there were 8 certain tricks and the extra trick was in diamonds. Had to think a bit to make sure I was playing from the right hand. Just knew I couldn’t let them in or I’d be a gonna!
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  13. holley says:

    First game of 2Sx was more profitable than second game I played in 3NT making 11 tricks!
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  14. billdrews says:

    And as you can see 2C made 10 tricks.
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  15. bid 3 nt & made 10 tricks
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  16. redsquirrel says:

    Did well defending but should have doubled for top board. For once believed partners pass!
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  17. normie616 says:

    ended up making 3 NT 2nd time around after playing out the KS from North ;playing out the Hearts which opposition switched after 2 rounds and finally left with 8D as last card was a winner yippee!!!
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  18. janets says:

    I made 11 tricks quite easily but only bid 1NT Cant see how you bid 3NT. Opening hand in opposition is I assume13 points i have 19 that leaves 8 points between two hands so no response or points in partners hand probably.There is no reason to believe you have enough points to make game. please explain!!
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    • @janets Hi Janets,
      At least you didn’t go three light with YOUR partner.
      However, I’d say you underbid a lot. To me, your bid would indicate an opening HCP count including cover in the bid suit, but no more. If you double, you would normally indicate good opening HCP but shortage in the bid suit, so (here) misleading for your partner, while to bid 2N (or indeed 2D) would show strength while being an ivitation to game – after all, you’ll very often make 3N with 24-25 HCP, which in fact you do have here. Add your skilful elimination play, and you got those two extra tricks…
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    • wince says:

      @janets How quite easily ..please?
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    • graeme says:

      You did great by bidding notrumps because it sure looks like a notrump hand, @janets. You’re just a a little strong for an immeditate 1NT overcall . Check out the video for a full explanation of the bidding but, in a nutshell, if you start with a double and then bid 1NT your partner will get the message.

      Thanks for chipping in to the conversation, @steamboatbill, but you’re not exactly right about double always showing shortage in the unbid suit. It’s either shortage or a very strong hand.

  19. nmein says:

    Yep, same as @redsquirrel. Disappointed to have let them off the hook by not doubling 2S.
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  20. martin-w says:

    Doubled second time to give partner a chance to bid a suit or leave X in.
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  21. anyana says:

    I doubled their two spades and they only made 4 tricks. Lucky result for me. I thought I was asking for partner’s best suit, but he left the double in – good decision.
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  22. mariagee says:

    Made 9 after bidding 3C = third attempt/ Interesting game

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  23. @Graeme: Three questions arise from this hand:
    1) Why does E (computer) sometimes open 1D, and sometimes 1N?
    2) Why does partner (computer) respond with 3H here, when obviously that’s not the best option? and
    3) Worse still, why does partner convert my 3N to 4H, knowing I may be weak in the suit?

    I certainly won’t select this ‘partner’ again, if I can help it!!!

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  24. buskebjerg says:

    Wow! Fun game. Made 11 tricks. Played my 8 toptricks and by then, the opponents had dropped the 9 of clubs and I had a free run. No plan, I am afraid, just luck.
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  25. ijohn says:

    I let them play in 2S doubled and took them to the. Got a number 1 spot out of 1149 and got 800 points. cant do better than that. Well pleased
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  26. stevewehrle says:

    Really quite interesting. First point of note/query is that E’s opening is variable… I got a 1NT opening by E which was, in my view more disruptive to my ambitions, than the alternative 1D. I thought it may be because I play 5 card majors, but various players playing 5 card majors, got 1D opening. Strong and weak NT doesn’t seem to make too much odds either. I really didn’t know what to bid – double and partner would take it as penalties. C’s or D’s would indicate 5 cards, so I went for 2NT. Partner rose to 3.

    As with others, I could see 8 winners and that a split in C’s was my best bet for the 9th. All went well, except the distribution didn’t allow me to take the 9 tricks simply. In the end, I had a winning QD in hand, that I couldn’t get to. Like @baygon2014, I had to get off lead, and rely on E’s long D’s to eventually lead back to my 9th winner. Not totally in my control, but made it! Phew!
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  27. beachcomber says:

    I doubled for partner to bid….pass…..I doubled again. Ended up taking oppo down, made 800 pts.
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  28. triciacallow says:

    @graeme @bajir Could you comment on weak-NT players? The bidding went E-1NT S-X W-2S At this point I think my partner has very few points and I pass. How could I have inspired to get to 3NT?

  29. arch says:

    @graeme why does East open 1D when hearts is a much better suit? I tried playing East and opening 1heart. Then EW take the first four tricks and make the contrct very difficult to get.arch
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  30. BidagainLove says:

    Bid and made 3 NT , lucky with diamonds. TADAAA
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  31. Played 3 NT made 11. North bidding 1 H may have kept W from leading heart which would have done me in. D lead really helped. Took in hand with Q to allow entrancnce to board with King later. Played both S winners lead to K of D. Then took S K. Lead back to C’s in hand. East covered with Q making all my C’s good.

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  32. Rebidding I did make 3 nt, but sluggish.
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  33. nelle says:

    Bid 1NT making 3NT. Guess I should have bid a suit.
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  34. frank777 says:

    There are several international bridge instructors who would not open the heart suit because it is not a quality suit. Quality suit defined as having at least the Q in the suit; and therefore the spade would be bid. Your opinion

  35. fishy says:

    loved this made 9 so score 800 top board first time in ages!
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  36. davstevens says:

    Never had the chance to double 2S, so I got to the shaky 3NT. My only chance for a 9th trick was in clubs, so after winning the diamond lead with the Ace (concealing the Queen) I cashed the AQ of spades and ducked a club. When East won and returned a diamond to my King I cashed out and made 10 tricks when my 8 of diamonds held up.
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  37. rita928 says:

    I too thought of setting up H, but it did not work….down 1 in 3N.
    Will try Bajir’s suggestion.
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  38. rita928 says:

    I too thought of setting up H, but it did not work….down 1 in 3N.
    Will try Bajir’s suggestion.
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  39. rita928 says:

    I too thought of setting up H, but it did not work….down 1 in 3N.
    Will try Bajir’s suggestion.
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  40. lesorcan says:

    On days like this I wonder where can I find a good cribbage game? Tried to set up wrong suit, down one. Rats!
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  41. tessybear says:

    @ graeme I made 10 by playing the AQ of S when first in your hand, then going to the board with the K D , play K S and got an exrta trick in clubs and an extra D, Worked beautifully. @bajir had the right idea, but somehow you missed it as when you got into your hand at the beginning, you started with the hearts and sort of forget that you had to play the Spades first. I was surprised at that…
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  42. woland80 says:

    I made 9 tricks
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  43. blondie58 says:

    3NT making 4… I was very happy with this score! Happy Halloween all!
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  44. elizakaye says:

    I made eleven tricks by after playi9ng the queen of diamonds I played the Ace and Queen of spades. This left the Kind of diamonds to get to the other hand and then play the King of spades. All the diamonds made it and all the clubs made it.
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  45. cgray says:

    Good video and nice explanation of the bidding. It is still Halloween here in California. Loved the costumes!
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  46. eviefox says:

    My screen froze half way through so played again but still made a mess of it.
    Put the contract 1 down.
    Bajir, there was a bear on-line with the same tongue prob as your friend. A vet
    operated on him so he could eat properly, perhaps your wee chum can get a referral.
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  47. chance22 says:

    3NT, 8 tricks
    Opening lead: West D7

    Unlike many, I didn’t foresee the entry problem with the SK. I focused on the D9, to make D8 good for the 9th trick.

    Plan One. Worked like a charm until I looked up and realized I couldn’t get over to my 9th trick, the SK.

    T 2. D6 over to the DK to start the diamond ball rolling.
    T 3-4. Plan was to give up the lead with a heart, assuming the hearts would not kill us. I came back to South with the S5 to SA, and then led the H3. This worked perfectly, as West took it with the HJ and led the D5, bringing the D9 from East. All set for 9 tricks — except I couldn’t get to the marooned SK.

    Plan Two. Taking the spades first before giving up the lead with a heart didn’t work because then EW ran spades.

    Plan Three. Then I followed @baygon2014 advice and focused on the 8 quick tricks:

    T 2-5. Taking the spade A-Q and then D6 to DK to get to North for the SK, as suggested. East discards the D3.
    T 6. Back to South for the club A-K, and now the moment of truth with the DQ — and there is the D9. So made 9 tricks.

    Plan 3a. If, instead of taking both clubs one after the other, you go CA/DQ/CK/D8, then East throws off the CQ instead of a heart and you can make 11 (like baygon2014).

    cc @zoomer2591

    P.S. Thanks to Graeme & Bajir for the nice video.

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  48. thiebout says:

    First I doubled then bid 2NT – ended in 3NT. 9th. trick was in dias.
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  49. squarepeg61 says:

    For some reason, I was unable to have much success declaring in 3NT, so I eventually switched to defending. Let E-W have a 1D contract and took them down two.


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  50. jb4400 says:

    Dia was my 9th trick
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  51. anguss says:

    let them play in 2S and doubled contract
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  52. slimreward says:

    Played 3NT. First I only made 8, then 9 and after attempt Nr. 30 out of luck 11 tricks. Without reading previous comments….%uD83D%uDE07 I’m very proud as I’m a nube.


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  53. zeke10077 says:

    On third try I got this amazing score
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  54. zeke10077 says:

    They went down 4
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  55. nevillet says:

    We made three (3)….
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  56. 1pamelab1 says:

    Play10D, win with Q..Play A Q spades with K D as entry to K S. H too week, don’t let them get in. Don’t touch them.
    Cross to K D, play K S. Back to A K clubs. They will be keeping winners in H, C and S. Squeeze them!!!
    They not sure who has Ace of D. Play Ace of D, cross fingers. play last winning D.

    EASY!!!!!.

    Pam in Wellington
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  57. hlabreche says:

    The only way to go is “X” : end of!
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  58. cacho says:

    i play 3 nt and make it by using the k diamond as an entry to the spades
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