Play Bridge | 02 11 2017 | Hand 8 | ♠Q5 ♥AJ8 ♦JT543 ♣432
November 2, 2017
Play Bridge | 03 11 2017 | Hand 1 | ♠Q7 ♥A98742 ♦62 ♣AT8
November 3, 2017

Poll: A beautiful misfit!

November 3, 2017 - Hand 1

63 Comments

  1. What a hand!! Whose jaw dropped when you saw your hand and then partner’s opening bid?

    Did you stay at game or consider slam?

    What do you think @graeme will choose to do here?

    • diannej says:

      @skybridgeclub Best try for slam in a while – fantastic hand.
      Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – 4 P 4N
      P 5 P 5N
      P 6 P 6
      P P P

      • malaika1 says:

        Hi you two! I think that the only way to call was to go 4hearts, as it told me at least 8 hearts and 9 or 10 points. Well that is what I “heard”. Then I thought we could lose the ace of diamonds and possibly a heart trick but decided that was worst case scenario, so I thought 6hearts was a good and possible contract. Wow it worked, lost 1 heart trick. Love your videos and your humour……..and the way you work things out. I have slowed down and take time at the beginning twork out my strategy and this has been mostly very good. Thank you.

    • jweins says:

      @skybridgeclub
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – 4 P 4N
      P 5 P 6
      P P P

  2. maddogpoppy says:

    Great hand
    6H a lay down
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 4 P 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  3. holley says:

    Started to go asking for aces but then decided to bite the bullet and bid directly to 6H. I hate no trumps when I have a void or singleton. Worked for me.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 4 P 6
    P P P

  4. I asked partner for Aces and finally bid 6NT and made it first time round.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 4 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P 6N
    P P P

  5. baygon2014 says:

    I have not played it yet but I voted for 6 hearts. We are missing 2 aces but the 4 hearts opening suggests a hand chock full of hearts and nothing else. I cannot assume that there will entries to the heart hand other than through cross ruffing so best to stick to 6 hearts .

  6. rdp27 says:

    Made 6 Hearts, not sure whether we should have bid for 6 NT.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 4 P 5N
    P 6 P P
    P

    • @rdp27 Be sure you were ioght to stop at 6H. Even that only makes with a favourable H distribution, as here.

      Exchange the HA for the HJ in the E hand, and you cannot make all your (potential) H tricks in 6NT. On the second lead, W would remove the DK entry (if it’s still there!), then how can you get the table again? The simple answer is you can’t. So for those who made 6NT, I can only say lucky you – poor defence by the computer (again).

      There is so ofter a communication problem in NT with total imbalances, like this one, that it is almost invariably better to have a trump suit. Except in the USA:
      Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
      Auction
      W N E S
      – 4 P 4N
      P 5 P 6
      P P P

  7. sabbatical says:

    I voted for pass. I support G on this. Partner only promises 8 or more hearts and we have little idea of their points. An excellent hand if we had more information. As we are already in game is there an advantage to go higher to risk going down? Push the boundarys and you are sure to reach them… as they say. As it turned out it was a H6 hand; so good on those who contracted this, but there was no indication of this even after partner layed down their hand.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 4 P P
    P

  8. collar says:

    Chose 4nt ace ask. Made 6 hearts. At 2nd attempt
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 4 P 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  9. collar says:

    Before playing or lookin what other people I’d i chose the 4nt option. I mistakenly ended in in 5 diamonds. Replayed it and bid 6 hearts making it

  10. peegee says:

    Went to 4NT and then 6 H and made it !

  11. janton45 says:

    I used 5 NT to see how many top honours but I shouldn’t have used this here?? Partner just went 6 hearts. Which made easily
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 4 P 5N
    P 6 P P
    P

  12. rolandkorg says:

    I prefer to bid 6 H directly to avoid any confusion. In fact if ace and jack of hearts are in east’s hand the slam contract will go down. So even when we use 4 NT to ask the number of aces we still need luck to make it.

  13. lisas says:

    I bid 5H made 12, still not so brave
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 4 P 5
    P P P

    • pamcook says:

      @lisas I agree ! I asked for aces and the reply was one. As I was missing one too ended the bidding in 5H. Of course we got 6 but logic dictated the 5H option.


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

    • jtwnit says:

      I agree with Sabatical’s analysis. What promises to be a highly distributional hand also promises transportation problems with points almost guaranteed to be all in hearts. If I had 1 or 2 hearts, I’d jump to 6. With Blackwood the issue is that the missing A might be a diamond. It’s easy to imagine that partner has 2 low diamonds and down we go.

  14. twocents says:

    Risked going for slam and asked for aces and kings. Made the 6. Lovely to play.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 4 P 6
    P P P

  15. highland says:

    I asked for 4NT looking for aces and went 5H and made 12. On my 2nd attempt I went straight to 6H after 4NT

  16. billdrews says:

    My bid of 4NT cleared my path and 6H was all we could earn and was a hand that would be welcome every day.

    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 4 P 4N
    P 5 P 5
    P 6 P P
    P

  17. anguss says:

    bid 6 and gambled on JH falling
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 4 P 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  18. coombes1952 says:

    Could not help myself…bid 6H….and made contract! Thank you bridge gods.

  19. sbc39982256 says:

    Partner is showing 4 losers and S has 4 – but N long H’s should cover at least 1 of those losers ! 6 NT should be O K , but 7 NT not worth the risk of the D Ace making ?

  20. chini says:

    6H made. 6NT tempting but transportation a problem? Nice to have so much Trump with all my high cards!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 4 P 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  21. dyfed says:

    I’d open 1H with N hand: rule of 20 OK, someone is going to bid so minimal risk of being left in it, while if S doesn’t have 6 points to reply u probably won’t make 4 anyway. Gives u more bidding space, though in this case suspect you can’t use it well, but by the time you start using Blackwood both partners know they have slam on instead of a guess: I would take 4H opener as potentially so weak that I would pass.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 4 P 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  22. dianaosborne says:

    What a hand! Asked for aces and kings then went 6H……
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 4 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P 6
    P P P

  23. threeoff says:

    I was considering 4NT for aces. If North shows an ace, it may be the heart ace. Then if North has a small doubleton diamond and the lead is a diamond through my king, West, given ace and queen of diamonds, will take two tricks. This is why, I remind myself, that Blackwood is often little use as it tells me how many aces partner has but I often want to know which one(s)!
    Could we have a partnership agreement that a bid over a 4-opener is taken as a cue bid? Then I can bid 4 spades and see if I get a 4 diamond reply. It is still risky if there are two trump losers. Perhaps, on the whole, it is all “too clever by half” and it is best to pass 4H, hoping that some people bid the slam and it goes down! I think the averages may be with that, though in this instance, the slam makes except for Jxx with east.

  24. sockstevens says:

    By asking 4NT it tells partner that we have some strength. Coming back to his H gives him the option of going to slam, I must have some tricks outside Hs so with 4 missing H, either I have some of them or at worst case scenario W has 4 to AJxx.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 4 P 4N
    P 5 P 5
    P P P

  25. pfredrix says:

    I’m with Graeme. N’s opening bid promises an 8 carder, but it could be headed by the QJ. Yes, the hand should have at least 6 HCP – opposite any opening preempt I assume 8 – but the rest are likely to be useless at a slam – say a couple of Qs. With the AK of Trumps or two Aces out there’d be no slam, and if all three were missing, there’d only be game. With my hand we should be odds on to make at 5H, so if this system played RKC Blackwood (as I do) I’d chance 4NT, and when N showed 2 key cards I’d bid 6. But with ordinary B’wood I would pass at pairs or matchpoints. Maybe at rubber bridge I’d check for a slam – the point gain could be worth the relatively small risk.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 4 P P
    P

  26. yardster says:

    Fortune favours the brave. So congratulations to those who went to 6H (or even the very high risk 6NT, which relied really on an unwise lead – a lead of fourth highest really relies on time to establish tricks, which the bidding suggested may not be available). I stayed in 4H – I usually think that if partner and I have unusual distributions, the opposition are pretty likely to as well, though in this case they didn’t (a purist will say E’s 4:4:4:1 is rare, but it’s not on the same scale). So I was concerned about a 5:0 H split (partner’s bid advertises only 8 cards). Minor concern about entries but in H that should be resolved by ruffing. Comforted that @graeme took the same decision.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 4 P P
    P

  27. bateyes says:

    I bid 5 because I didn’t know exactly where the A was in his hand, but I made 6 and it would have been so much more satisfying to make a small slam. If it is 3:15 in Australia, what time is it in the US?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 4 P 4N
    P 5 P 5
    P P P

    • unixman says:

      Difficult question to answer Australia East coast to west Coast has a 3 hour time Difference in Summer and we have 5 time zones…The US I am thinking In winter has 3 hour time difference so not easy to answer your questions.

      In Perth (West Coast which is Sydney -3 hour) it is 8.54 AM in New York it is 7.54 PM In california it is 4.54 PM.

      Hope that helps you out 🙂

  28. helenparry says:

    Hello Graeme and Bajir – you make learning so enjoyable! I’m a beginner with 18 months behind me. After a couple of practice runs with this hand, I bid 5H and took 11 tricks and could see there was a few ways to do it. Thanks…..
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 4 P 5
    P P P

  29. megs says:

    Bajir and Graeme this is a great hand. I thought about it for longer than I could have at the table. 4 Hearts a preempt, weak long hearts so decided to use the rule of two or three to help me to work out what I should bid. If I say that partner has 7 tricks not vul, then I need three to get to game, which I have. Then I checked if partner had two Aces and 2 Kings and took the risk on 6 Hearts. So surprised to see such a hand.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 4 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P 6
    P P P

  30. hlabreche says:

    well, in my system, this was a 4 looser hand; I would never open it 4H! That is weak in my system. I would open this hand with a GF bid; then we should reach the slam very comfortably.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 4 P P
    P

  31. blondie58 says:

    I counted my losers… didn’t expect the 9th heart to be there…. felt 4H was the safe bid… made 12 when west led a small club and my T took it…. interesting dilemma really… way to go to those who bid it…. still pretty happy making 12.

    Have a great day all.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 4 P P
    P

  32. kalynpress says:

    OK that looked scary turns out was a peace of cake and I am at best an intermediate player
    After 4 hearts I added up my score and bit 4 No asking for Aces His response told me the ace of diamond was on board and we were home free at 6 NO
    Get the missing Ace out early keeping transportation to dummy still then run the hearts and shut the door!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 4 P 4N
    P 5 P 5N
    P 6 P 6N
    P P P

  33. cunderwood says:

    Bid 6h and made them
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 4 P 6
    P P P

  34. wandad says:

    WITH THE A OF H MISSING , HOW WAS 7NT MADE?
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 4 P 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  35. wandad says:

    Thanks for the info. That took guts!
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 4 P 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  36. lorfell8 says:

    lorfell says: What a hand! After considering possibilities, decided to explore for A’s. If not enough for six H, I could always stop at 5 H. As It turned out this paid off–easily making 6 H’s.

    W N E S
    P 4H P 4NT
    P 5D P 6H
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 4 P 4N
    P 5 P 6
    P P P

  37. tonijonz says:

    Hi there, first time comment.. I really enjoy these lessons and they’re quite fun to watch what you two are up to next.

    I personally would have taken the risk and gone 6H as I believe I have a supporting hand. It’s scary doing this in real life though, I’ve not yet called anything over 5 in our nightly sessions… is it just experience or guts when you think you can make it?

    • graeme says:

      Hi @tonijonz,
      Bidding slam is a little bit art and a little bit science but I know it can be a scary at first so we need to get that problem out of the way as step 1.
      Let me tell you a little story for a Sunday. My brother took me rock climbing once and I immediately fell down and was left hanging embarrassingly by the ropes. But it kinda worked out well because I didn’t die. First time rock climbing so of course I was going to fall off and not killing myself gave me confidence to have another go.
      So, here or at your nightly sessions, just go ahead and bid a few slams even silly ones that might only have a small chance of making. Maybe talk it over with your partner and agree to just swing it a little for a night or two and not worry too much about the scores.
      Importantly, even if you learn a whole bunch of bidding gadgets and hand evaluation techniques later, you still need to chalk up a few slams ( both making ones and those that go down ) to develop your judgement. Have fun!

  38. tonijonz says:

    Thank you .. you’re so right. There was a hand at Babich pairs that we could have bid slam, like you said, “it won’t kill us”.. I’ll try to be more assertive.

  39. eggs says:

    Passed and played the 4H contract and made 6 – what a hand!!!
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – 4 P P
    P

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