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Greed is Good (Sometimes)!

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When playing in pairs games, overtricks can be the difference between a top and bottom board. When you’re in a contract that looks like a safe bet, but you see a chance to make a lot of overtricks, you should consider it.

Sometimes, playing it safe and taking the plus score will simply not be good enough.

On this hand, Tina sees an opportunity to develop a side suit. Even though she doesn’t need it to make her contract, she opts to take a slight risk and develop the suit.

The gamble pays back in spades!

45 Comments

  1. tina says:

    It is the same old story (isn’t there a song there?), play your long suits in notrumps. Notice West’s lead – it didn’t work out but what choice did he have? His longest suit had been bid on his right, so he wanted to wait for his heart tricks. He chose the option I’m sure many of us would have done, and led the unbid suit.

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    • anette says:

      @tina I very much appreciate your good advice, and considered developing extra tricks on this hand but decided safety play. For me east is the dangerous opponent, if he held QD and returned harts the contract could fail – but I am perhaps missing something or at least missing courage.
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    • tas02 says:

      @tina Where did the video go? Shows as ‘unavailable’.
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    • miche says:

      @tina Hi. Video unavailable?
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    • susanne0704 says:

      Dear Tina, thanks for this interesting video… may I kindly ask u to once produce a video on how to tackle the following problem…. we have points for a game and then we make 12 or 13 tricks … is there a way to bid it. Or are there just hands in which u can never bid slam by bidding it beforehand…

      One more questions … how can I guess, where the cards lie, it seems that there are players who can visualize the partner s as well as the opponents cards … I am aware that I have to listen to the bidding…. but are there also other methods …

      Warm regards Susanne Lüthy

  2. 3ntrump made 13
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  3. katec001 says:

    Also 3NT made 13. My gut told me there might be slam; should have pursued it. Although if you bid 6NT west possibly leads differently. I’ll have to see. Also lucky to have the KS and QD in the right spot. So I guess 3NT is the correct bid after all.
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    • janemart says:

      Agreed @katec001. But I did try again bidding 6NT just to see what would happen. West cashed her A straight away, but then led J which East topped with the K. Strange but true. That established 4 tricks for me, so the rest were mine without having to worry about those pesky finesses.
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  4. suec88 says:

    should be shot, thought hearts had been lead first time and went down one, on second go, and thinking, remembered it was spades and make 13 easily!!! Concentrate woman!!
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  5. feltjen says:

    Bid 6 NT. And made it ! Happy!!
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  6. collar says:

    3nt. Making. 6. Should have gone ace asking…
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  7. bruniquel says:

    What could N have been thinking?? Responded strongly to N’s opening bid with 2 NT, which N passed on despite having excellent clubs. Made a small slam – what a waste!!!
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    • graeme says:

      Hi @bruniquel, North reads your 2NT as 10-12 points, not forcing. I know some players still play a jump to 2NT as strong hand but it’s becoming less common these days and it’s not the way computer is set up. Hope that helps for next time.

  8. peter49 says:

    7NT also makes.
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  9. JenB says:

    After 1D I jumped to 2NT to show an opening hand and was amazed when my partner passed! Why?!! (The shock made me play badly as could easily have made more tricks!)
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    • graeme says:

      Hi @JenB, North reads your 2NT as 10-12 points, not forcing. I know some players still play a jump to 2NT as strong hand but it’s becoming less common these days and it’s not the way computer is set up. Hope that helps for next time.

  10. berryb says:

    What a wonderful hand 🙂
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  11. loughderg123 says:

    Bid 5 diamond happy
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  12. rahamrick says:

    Hmm. I always understood to bid the higher four card suit first (spades) so that I could subsequently bid the other 4 card major later — with the option of then playing in either. In any event, in this hand, where we end up in 3 nt, bidding the heart first prompts the spade lead from West, which then facilitates making the extra tricks. Bidding the spades first, prompts West to lead the heart, which then makes subsequently taking the diamond finesse a lot more risky (potentially putting East on lead through my hearts).
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    • nmein says:

      Hi @rahamrick, at least here in NZ playing ACOL we are taught to bid the lower four card suit:

      Responder’s New Suit Bids

      If a limit bid is not possible, responder can bid a new suit, looking for an alternative fit.
      A major suit fit is by far the best.
      It is important to bid your suits in the correct order.
      The same rules apply to Responder as they do to Opener.
      – Longest suit
      – Lower available 4 card suit
      – Higher ranking 5 card suit

      http://www.nzbridge.co.nz/teaching-materials.html

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    • janemart says:

      @rahamrick I was taught the same as you, but here at Sky Bridge they bid the lowest of two 4 card suits, or the highest of two 5 card suits.The only logic that I can see in it is that if you bid high-low, partner knows you have at least 5 of the first suit. The rebel in me (or is it the stubbornly old-fashioned?) makes me often bid the highest of two 4 carders anyway – especially if it’s a much stronger suit, but if you do that you have to bear in mind that North may interpret it differently.
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  13. ennasarp says:

    Had to bid little slam. Gave away the lead of heart ace. Turning point was the next trick, when West led the Jack of spades, East inexplicably played the king, making all spades in hand to score. Discarded losing diamonds on king of hearts and spades, relying on the certainty of long club suit.
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  14. ijohn says:

    with 15 points in hand pus 2 x 10 cards, counting extra 1/2 for each and a minimum of 12 for p opening bid, totalling 28 points, I took a chance on 6NT, This makes fairly easily and gives me number 1 spot.
    Nice to see all 3 finnesses worked out ok
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  15. ijohn says:

    with 15 points in hand pus 2 x 10 cards, counting extra 1/2 for each and a minimum of 12 for p opening bid, totalling 28 points, I took a chance on 6NT, This makes fairly easily and gives me number 1 spot.
    Nice to see all 3 finnesses worked out ok
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  16. ijohn says:

    with 15 points in hand pus 2 x 10 cards, counting extra 1/2 for each and a minimum of 12 for p opening bid, totalling 28 points, I took a chance on 6NT, This makes fairly easily and gives me number 1 spot.
    Nice to see all 3 finnesses worked out ok
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos, transfers.
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  17. ted80 says:

    E leads a H. Then what?
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  18. wadkin37 says:

    wadkin37 (Wanted to play Tina’s video but notice said “this video is unavailable”.) Back to the hand…I had thoughts of a possible slam but when
    I considered partner’s response showing a minimum hand I chose 3NT. Actually, I couldn’t bid spades ’cause that would mean I had 5
    of them. Was happy that my finesses worked out save for the Q D.
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  19. tessybear says:

    @tina – where can we view the video as it shows as unavailable, as others have written.

  20. blondie58 says:

    totally messed up! Made 11 but could have done better! There’s always next time lol! 🙂
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  21. Why did the computer not open 1club vice diamonds; as his clubs were much stronger?
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  22. debdaniels says:

    Should make 13- all finesses work!
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  23. cgray says:

    Finally made 13, on the third try. It was hard to dump those hearts.
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  24. chance22 says:

    3NT, 11 tricks
    Opening lead: East 3

    I’m afraid I outsmarted myself. After that first 3-5-K-A trick, I looked at the dangerous heart suit and thought we could safely try for extra tricks by running a finesse that, if it failed, would give the lead to East (we could win a spade, diamond, or club return, and he would have to lead a heart around to our K). So I played the J for the diamond finesse. East took it with the Q, led a spade, and then we lost the final trick to the A for 11.

    The mistake was doing that unnecessary finesse. When I played again and played all the good cards first — keeping the diamond finesse in mind for later if needed — things broke well and I made 13.

    cc @zoomer2591

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  25. 32dwemce says:

    Blew it, wasn’t concentrating.
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  26. martin-w says:

    Made 6nt 3 ways and had 1 desarster
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  27. helen says:

    @bajir I’m getting the ‘video unavailable” message too and don’t want to miss anything that Tina has to say! Can you shed any light on what we should be doing, please?
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  28. mariagee says:

    Hmm playing games eh!
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  29. negev says:

    I agree with Annette. I also took the safety play of finessing the diamond Jack into the west hand as I wanted the lead to come up to the heart king or spade Q . The fact that it worked better the other way was a dangerous risk.
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  30. olgacorlett says:

    Olga Corlett. Please refer to me as DAISY as some people might recognise my name.

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