The Art of Balancing
November 8, 2017
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November 13, 2017

To Bid or Not to Bid?

How do you know if you should bid on or let them play it? Often it’s a tough call. On this auction, the opponents are vulnerable and your side is not. We may be better off defending their contract and trying to set it. Try to come up with the scores you’d get for making your contract versus setting theirs. On this one, we only need to set them by two for us to come out ahead. With that in mind, see how it goes for Graeme & Bajir!

18 Comments

  1. Do you bid spades again or defend?

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

    • heatherte1 says:

      @skybridge. Passed and took them down by 1
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – – – 1
      P P 2 P
      P P

    • mrsh says:

      @skybridgeclub I didn’t really give it much thought, rebid spades right away to indicate 6 of them and enough points to speak again, really liked the void in diamonds and hoped partner could say something . Got left in 2S but made 4 as did many others.
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – – – 1
      P P 2 2
      P P P

  2. gesher says:

    @skybridge couldn’t resist bidding 2S ! Made 4 S.
    not familiar enough with scoring and vulnerability but love the game.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 1
    P P 2 2
    P P P

  3. glsamuelson says:

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

  4. 2 spades bid, making. A couple of hands before leaving this afternoon for the bridge club. A little warm up!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 1
    P P 2 2
    P P P

  5. debdaniels says:

    Ditto, but on replay went for game~~~ works when bid, too.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 1
    P P 2 X
    P 3 P 4
    P P P

  6. holley says:

    Had trouble finding the X key but did find it and tried a reopening X. Partner showed D – my void so thought 4S a reasonable rebid. Worked for me. Shall go back and see what happens with opp H left in.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 1
    P P 2 X
    P 3 P 4
    P P P

  7. jbrown says:

    I just loved the video, you too guys are gifted together.
    Its so much fun learning how to play bridge and Im learning to have lots of fun with these hands as well.
    I did ok.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 1
    P P 2 P
    P P

  8. patmac says:

    I played 2 spades, didn’t give it a lot of thought……when will I learn!!!!!!

  9. rdp27 says:

    3 S went through and not sure if I would have got 4 from the poor bidding
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 2
    P P 3 3
    P P P

  10. lamming says:

    Passed at 2 hearts and made 7 tricks for E/W to be 2 down.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 1
    P P 2 P
    P P

  11. chini says:

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

  12. bcoughlin says:

    Played it 4 times. First time and last time I avoided the issue by bidding 4 spades off the bat.
    Missed it. On the 4th try, I made 4 spades by bidding off the bat. (Do you think I memorized a few cards by then!)
    Defended once, their 2 hearts, set them. Fun to try a few times,now and then.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 1
    P P 2 P
    P P

  13. blondie58 says:

    Bid 2S making 3… should have pulled some trump or would have made 4… 🙁
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 1
    P P 2 2
    P P P

  14. anguss says:

    bid 3 spades and made
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – 1
    P P 2 X
    P 3 P 3
    P P P

  15. jb4400 says:

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

  16. mrbrown says:

    Took the cue from the intro and let W/E bid 5 diamonds which I doubled. Set them by 5 and won 1400 points!
    Interesting-There’s always something to learn with this game!
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – P
    P P 1H P
    2C P 2D P
    5D P P X
    P P P
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – – – P
    P P 1 P
    2 P 2 P
    5 P P X
    P P P

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