Play Bridge | 08 07 2018 | Hand 1 | ♠AJT832 ♥J752 ♦J73 ♣

07 08, 2018 - Hand 1
AJT832_J752_J73_

14 Comments

  1. lynng says:

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

  2. colinjohn says:

    Surprising bidding, perhaps even wild !! E opens 1C with only 10 HCPs and Mr/s Robot must have added in distribution points at the opening bid stage, which is not according to Hoyle. Then N overbids the strong 3NT bid from West with 4S on only 7 points in response to an overcall. It looks like a wild ride today. Whoopee. Hold on.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 1
    3N 4 5 P
    P P

    • graeme says:

      Just finished the 10 hands, @colinjohn. Things settle down after this. 🙂
      I don’t think much of West’s 3NT bid, either. I don’t mind the 1C from East, though. Only 10 high card points but good shape. I do think that people open too light these days but it seems to be the modern style and Edmond Hoyle died in 1769 long before contract bridge was even invented so we shouldn’t worry too much about what he has to say about bidding.
      The rule of 20 is quite a popular way of determining whether or not a hand is worth opening and here’s some information about that for anyone who is interested:
      https://skybridgeclub.com/rule-of-20/

  3. caf says:

    3NT West = NS 9 – EW 4 seemed to work
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 1N
    3N P P P

  4. janemart says:

    I was feeling a bit wild too @colinjohn. I figured if N bid 4 he must think we had 10 between us and since I’d only shown 5 of them, we must have 11. E/W clearly had lots of points, so with weird distribution they were going to walk. So was it worth a sacrifice?.. I bet Hoyle never wrote “If in doubt, do the thing you think will be most fun”.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, strong twos.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 1
    3N 4 5 5
    X P P P

  5. holley says:

    Weak jump overcall paid off. Sacrifice bid.
    Bidding System: 4 card majors, weak notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 2
    3N 4 5 5
    X P P P

  6. debdaniels says:

    Wish I went for spades the first time! Congrats to those who did.
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 1
    3N 4 5 5
    X P P P

  7. jb4400 says:

    EW took 13 tricks
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 2
    3N 4 5 P
    P P

  8. squarepeg61 says:

    E/W made 12 tricks in 5.


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

  9. loulla says:

    Held them to 11 tricks
    Bidding System: 5 card majors, strong notrump, weak twos, transfers.
    Auction
    W N E S
    – P 1 1
    3N 4 5 P
    P P

  10. colinjohn says:

    Hi Graeme – my reference to Hoyle was somewhat confusing. The phrase entered common parlance in subsequent centuries from Hoyle’s demise to mean “authorities” whatever the context but you clearly have not met it before, and probably other readers as well. I will endeavour to use more direct English and less idiom in future.

    • graeme says:

      Hi @colinjohn, I learnt all my card games as a kid with Hoyle books, so yeah, I know it’s just a common phrase 🙂
      It’s just that it’s hard to know who the authorities are these days. Like I mentioned above, I think West’s bid of 3NT was silly ( and Mr. Hoyle would agree, I’m sure ). But I’m also sure that many and possibly most experts would open the East hand. It’s certainly the modern style and whether or not we like the modern style we can’t really say it goes against what the authorities say when many of the authorities would approve. Just depends which authority you ask, I guess.
      For the record, I don’t like opening light, shapely hands and I’m guessing you’re on my side of the fence but we’re probably outnumbered!

  11. colinjohn says:

    Hi Graeme @graeme – my reference to Hoyle was somewhat confusing. The phrase entered common parlance in subsequent centuries from Hoyle’s demise to mean “authorities” whatever the context but you clearly have not met it before, and probably other readers as well. I will endeavour to use more direct English and less idiom in future.

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