• I play that a jump to game her shows 5 trumps, 6-9 HCP, and an outside singleton or void. This hand is perfect. It keeps them from finding their big heart fit.

  • I made a 3D game try after North raised my opening 1S to 2S, and North raised to game. No chance to make it opposite good defense. West led the singleton diamond, gets in with the Ace of spades and leads a club. East takes the Ace and leads a diamond for a ruff. West takes the Ace of hearts and I am down. With a better diamond split I can pitch a…

  • With 5 hearts I bid 2H rather than double, and when partner invited with 3H I accepted, hoping for four good hearts and good diamonds. I got both and made 5. East was skewered by his partner in both spades and clubs; if left to my own devices I might well have lost a second club trick. Every finesse works, including finessing West for the Jack of…

  • Just realized I needed to cash the third heart immediately to force a club discard from West. As I played it West can afford to keep the third club until the end and beat my grand slam. The robot misplayed. If I cash a third heart, however, West can discard two diamonds on two hearts but then must discard a club to protect the diamonds. Even…

  • Bid to 7NT easily when partner had one Ace and two Kings. Won the diamond in hand and started the hearts, since if they split 3-2 the hand is a laydown and if they do not there are squeeze chances. Of course they do not, so I do not cash a third heart but try the spades next. When they split 3-3 I discard a heart on the fourth spade. West must…

  • When North raised my 1S opening to 2S I passed, but West balanced with a double and East bid 3C. With a second suit I gave North a choice with 3H and he or she chose 4S. When the diamond finesse was on and East had one of the trump honors and I was givena free finesse in hearts and the hearts split 3-3 I made it. I admit that it was only because…

  • After opening 1H I have nothing more to say when W bids 2D and partner passes. Bidding 2H would show 6 hearts and doubling would likely lead to a club contract, so I pass. West misplays trumps when I win the first trick I see that if I don’t do something about trumps, West will be able to trump a heart in dummy, so I lead a diamond. West gives up…

  • After partner rebids 2D, I want to be in game. I know we have 8 hearts, so I bid 4H. Nothing to the play, losing only 3 heart tricks. A rebid of 3H by me could have been (and I think would have been) passed. I also have no business bidding 4S; partner might be void, and as it turns out he has only 1. Bidding 3NT is risky as I know nothing about…

  • I made a negative double, then partner jumped to 3NT. On a spade lead I ducked the first trick, took the second spade and immediately tried a heart finesse. I noted the fall of the King from East, won the third spade, crossed to South with a diamond and finessed again in hearts. When this won I had 9 tricks, so I cashed the Ace of hearts to try…

  • I do not see how anyone could double 4S with that holding; it seems reckless to me. I also do not see how anyone could set it two, but maybe that’s just me. I doubled the opening bid with 12 HCP and 4 hearts, 4 diamonds, and 3 clubs, but partner made no move so I had to pass 4S. Nothing to the play; three hearts and one diamond.

  • I do not see how anyone could double 4S with that holding; it seems reckless to me. I also do not see how anyone could set it two, but maybe that’s just me. I doubled the opening bid with 12 HCP and 4 hearts, 4 diamonds, and 3 clubs, but partner made no move so I had to pass 4S. Nothing to the play; three hearts and one diamond.

  • Way too weak to bid 2C or 2D, so I responded 1N. When my partner rebid 2H, showing 6, I gladly passed what seemed to be a misfit. I lost the Ace of clubs, a diamond, no spades, and three hearts when East showed up with 5 hearts to the AK. Better defense would have removed the trump from South before North could ruff a spade. As it is I think I…

  • The only way I can see to set 5D two is to lead a low heart and then give North a heart ruff. But I make a point not to underlead an Ace if I can help it, so the best I can do is set it one. North should have doubled, counting on my overcall (South in my opinion should overcall 2C) for a trick, but knowing North would not double, I did. Happened…

  • I guess S has to lead the QH to set 3N, but W has bid hearts and it looks like a poor lead to me, especially when there is a club sequence. Was the heart bid 4th suit forcing? If so does not the 3N bid promise hearts? For the life of me I cannot see leading a heart. In any case with two entries to dummy East can lead the JS then when North ducks…

  • I overcalled 1S and raised partner’s 3S to 4S. After losing the first trick I can count 12 tricks if the spades split 3-2 and the hearts split no worse than 4-1, both more likely than not. So I ruff the second diamond low in dummy, lead a heart to my hand, ruff another diamond with the Ace, then draw trumps and claim.

  • I play that a jump raise after a double is preemptive, so I bid 3S, but my partner apparently did not and bid 4S. East led the AK and a small diamond, ruffed, and West cashed the AC for down one when the Heart finesse worked.

  • After partner’s preemptive raise the opponents backed off and I played it at 3D, down 2 because the opponents misplayed (it could have been down 3). With at least 9 trumps between us 3D is a good bid by partner, even though in this case there was a 4-0 split with the Q offsides (a very small likelihood). If the opponents had doubled it would have…

  • When partner opens spades and supports hearts I’m thinking grand slam, but partner only has 2 kings. That means we are missing one king, and I cannot count 13 tricks. I will not bid a grand needing a finesse or a 3-3 break, so I settle for a small slam. I am biased by tournament scoring, though, so I bid 6NT instead of 6H. With a club lead into my…

  • Doubled, the jumped to 3H; partner bid 4H. The play is touchy; knowing spades will not split I must cross-ruff, so I have to finesse with the J or 10 in my hand, not lead the QH. I must keep the QH to overruff. If I draw trumps and finesse the QS I must still lose a spade, along with two Aces and the KH. The play, as well as the bidding, requires…

  • Playing South; set 4S 1 trick when West cashed the Ace of Spades, giving me a trick with the Queen of Spades. Then we got a club and two diamonds when West misplayed further. After a club lead by North, West must get to East twice, once to finesse in spades and once to lead diamonds through my Ace. Will still lose 1 spade, 1 club, 1 diamond, but…

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