@banksia9active 48 minutes ago
I fancy a 6 card minor in a strong 1NT. So, upgrading by 1 HCP was an attractive option. It made 10 tricks
The slam can be defeated on the lead of ♠4, low from an honour. If North calls “low”, West must hold his nerve and slot the ♠T. There is a theory that aggressive leads like this are called for against slam. @graeme might have some thoughts for us. Of course, ♣Q will be the popular choice.
I bid the immediate 4H showing a “weak freak”. In…
I fouled our defence of 1NT and got them 1 off instead of maybe 2 off. (We were heading for the bottom anyway. We can make 140 in 2S with ease.)
I have lead 4th highest and continued with my 5th spade at trick 2.
What can we make of partner’s ♠2 return?
If he started life with 3 spades, say ♠AT2, he is supposed to…
Partner will discourage spades at trick 1.
The real question is :-
“To which minor should West shift at trick 2?”
As a general principle, we like to lead “through strength and up to weakness.”
However, that club suit looks too good to me. Partner needs ♣AJx for it to work.
Sure, if we shift to a low diamond, South might hold ♦AQ and we have…
When you rebid in a new suit higher than your original suit, partner treats the bid as a “reverse”.
He thinks that you have 5D and 4H and 16 HCP.
6NT is still a bit of a bash but 6D would not be unreasonable based on the hand that he thinks you hold.
Real bridge players don’t need 6 cards for a weak 2H opening – when partner is a passed hand and left hand opponent is known to have the best hand at the table.
I misplayed this hand quite badly – need to keep my eye on 8 tricks rather than shooting for overtricks here.
After ♥A, ♦A and ♦K ruffed, I crossed to K, finessed ♠Q and cashed ♠A.
I then played a 3rd spade hoping, against the odds, that the spades were 3-3. Now, East could draw trumps and force me to ruff so that I ran out of trumps.…
Thanks, @graeme. 1444 hands with a singleton spade are a headache for all systems, since the rebid is always a misdescription. In standard, I prefer to open 1D and rebid 1NT which, this time, is at least the 12-14 HCP range. Then again, some partners are rabid about always having at least a doubleton in his suit.
oooh. Nice technology with the “watch” option, @graeme.
Don’t you love it when the opposition are left with nothing but their top trumps?
I am interested in the Acol sequences here. Acol players are usually fanatical about their rebids.
What was your bidding plan if you get the predictable 1S response from partner?
Hi @jbrown and @valjef.
It did need some help from East.
After ♠A, and ♣4, won by ♣A, it was time to lead ♥x towards ♥Q. South doesn’t mind losing to ♥K because ♥AJ will provide two discards of ♦86.
There is no point crossing to South to lead ♥Q for a “finesse”. It can’t help. If West holds i♥K, he will just cover ♥Q for no gain for…
Hi, @crunchie. No, it would never be my intention to reverse with the North cards.
When North opens 1C, he is hoping for an uncontested auction something like this :-
1C – 1H
1S – 1NT
2S – ?
Since that 2S rebid showed 5 spades, why did he open 1C?
The inescapable conclusion is that he must have 6 clubs.
This is not a strong auction.
North has 6 clubs and 5 spades. So, he opened his longest suit, clubs.
His plan would be to open 1C then bid spades twice. Since this shows 5 spades, he must also hold 6 clubs.
In your auction – and mine – he should rebid 2S, not 3C.
This should show that he has both black suits.
At my table, we got them 2 off for 100.
2S is likely…
Nice one partner. You carried them out after their kamikaze 3NT.
These cowboys still like to bid 3NT without a stopper in our suit.
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