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How Many Fingers Am I Holding Up?

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When the opponents put the pressure on, it’s always hard to know whether to double them or compete. Check out Bajir and Graeme’s unorthodox way of making these tough calls. Sometimes, flipping a coin is as good as you can do. In the play, find out how the opponents’ 4H contract fares. Hint–it’s not pretty!

43 Comments


  1. Do you double or bid 4S? Sometimes you just need to trust your luck, eh @graeme?

    Am I holding up a 1 or a 2?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 1
    3 P 4 X
    P P P

  2. billhaustin says:

    I’m one of those that didn’t double but rather bid 4S. Did so and made the bid. Felt that I wouldn’t ‘t have enjoyed playing a double. Rather go for the bid. This time it worked.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 1
    3 P 4 4
    P P P

  3. amafyram says:

    I wanted to redouble but it often persuades the opposition to bid their suit!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 2
    3 4 X P
    P P

  4. unixman says:

    I went the double It was a line ball call really turns out the double was better for us as we hold them to only 6 tricks so the extra trick makes the difference.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 1
    3 P 4 X
    P P P

  5. danishmand says:

    Bid 6spades & made it.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 1
    3 P 4 4N
    P 5 X 6
    P P P

  6. I doubled they made only 5tricks
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 1
    3 P 4 X
    P P P

  7. baygon2014 says:

    Amazing hand. Bidding 6 spades will not earn you a top board, that will go to 4 spades redoubled. Yet it is hard to see what is the best bid for south based on the information that can be gleaned from the bidding, partner’s failure to bid over 3 hearts was difficult so first time I chose to bid 4 spades – yet 4 hearts doubled is worth more, a lot more!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 1
    3 P 4 X
    P P P

  8. cora says:

    I agree with you @baygon2014 I made 4S.. I then tried 6 Spades only scored 980. My question is how did the redouble come about to get top board?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 1
    3 P 4 6
    P P P

    • janemart says:

      @cora I was puzzled by this too. It turns out that if South makes a rather cheeky jump bid at the outset, everyone gets confused. West supports his partner despite having only 2 points. North jumps to game (thinking his partner has 16 plus). East doubles because – well, I’m not sure why East doubles, but she knows she’s been misled at this point what with over 40 points having been shown so far. South redoubles because South is in aggressive mood.
      None of which I would do, except by mistake, but the joyful thing about bridge is that mistakes sometimes reap dividends.
      Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – 1 1 2
      3 4 X XX
      P P P

  9. rahamrick says:

    Yes. The 4 Hearts X is a great score here — given how the cards lay. North opened, so one knows that he has some values to support the double. But there is nothing in the bidding to suggest that North’s hand is as strong as it is. And unless they are taken down 3 tricks, game in spades is actually the better score. So I still think that the spade bid is the better bet.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 1
    3 P 4 4
    P P P

  10. sockstevens says:

    be bold
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 2
    3 4 X XX
    P P P

  11. collar says:

    4 spades made 12. Didn’t think about x of hearts
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 1
    3 P 4 4
    P P P

  12. collar says:

    4 spades made 12. Didn’t think about x of hearts
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 1
    3 P 4 4
    P P P

  13. trump says:

    What an interesting hand. Played 4S first time and made 12 then tried doubling hearts and got them down by 5, who would have thought with all those top hearts in their hands! although west was very low on points.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 1
    3 P 4 X
    P P P

  14. katerina says:

    4spades re-doubled was a success
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 1
    3 P 4 4
    P P X XX
    P P P

  15. vals says:

    Great score @janemart
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 1
    3 P 4 X
    P P P

  16. arch says:

    Surely the reason for everyone’s euphoria is a crazy bid by West raising to 3H on 2 points ! arch
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 1
    3 P 4 X
    P P P

  17. mariagee says:

    10-3 WEll pleased with the score
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 1
    3 P 4 4
    P P X P
    P P

  18. pushpa says:

    I tried second time to check if I xx, what will be the score?
    Made 12 tricks
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 2
    3 4 X XX
    P P P

  19. linda2009 says:

    put them down with x of their hearts. will try the 4s this time.

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

  20. linda2009 says:

    made my 4s doubled, but better score with our doubling their 4h
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 1
    3 P 4 4
    P P X P
    P P

  21. Played 4 S doubled made 5 but should have made 6 if I hadn’t tried the spade finesse.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 2
    3 4 X P
    P P

  22. nevillet says:

    We took them down four (4)…. Doubling them was a bit questionable, however, with a singleton in Diamonds, I took the chance that my partner could hold his own and come back in Diamonds his suit……
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 1
    3 P 4 X
    P P P

  23. marsbar29 says:

    4spades x made 11
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 1
    3 P 4 4
    P P X P
    P P

  24. jb4400 says:

    Made 12 tricks
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 1
    3 P 4 4
    P P X P
    P P

  25. judyjunkin says:

    I bid my spades and even tho N did not raise me I kept on bidding as i felt I had a winner. What a hand North had and we had 6 Spades cold! Can understand the Heart bid but not at the game level. That was the best game; which gave the best score.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 1
    3 P 4 4
    P P X P
    P P

  26. johng says:

    Bid 4 S doubled should have redoubled made 12 tricks
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 1
    3 P 4 4
    P P X P
    P P

  27. ron70 says:

    Bid 1 spade, they did 4 hearts, bid 4 spades, it was doubled and I redouble, and I made 12 !
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 1
    3 P 4 4
    P P X XX
    P P P

  28. bateyes says:

    Opponents bid 4 hearts, I doubled, and they went down 3!! What is so funny, my doubling was a mistake, I meant to bid spades.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 1
    3 P 4 X
    P P P

  29. loughderg123 says:

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

  30. squarepeg61 says:

    Doubled E-W’s 4H bid and they ended up with six tricks.


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

  31. sjstern says:

    4S redoubled was fun
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 1 1 2
    3 4 X XX
    P P P

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