• 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…

  • With neither side vulnerable I went on to 3C which made due to bad defense, giving me 110 instead of 100 for setting 2D two tricks.

  • My opening NT is 15-17 so I cannot open 1NT. I open 1C then jump to 2NT when partner responds 1D. I also play that 1D denies 3 of a major, so there is no point to bidding hearts. I also need to show my strength with my second bid, which a rebid of 1H does not do. Partner raises to 6NT, which makes 7 when the Queen of Clubs falls. I imagine you…

  • As Bajir suggested I bid 2D, then after a 2H rebid went to 6H. With a club lead West put up the King and I was sure of 12 tricks even if the Diamond finesse was off. I had to take the diamond finesse rather than the spade finesse because of the Jack of Diamonds and the seventh Diamond. The Diamonds split with the King onside so I made an…

  • i have 9 tricks and 4 losers. I do not wish to explore for a spade contract, as I know my clubs will be trumps. So I do not double. My partner did not overcall, so I cannot expect much. With my usual partner I play exclusion Blackwood, so 4H here asks for Aces outside of hearts. With 0 I would be in game, with 1 in slam, and with 2 in the grand…

  • Bid and made six. After partner jumped to 3D I tried 3S to see if there was a double fit. When partner rebid 4D I asked for Aces with 4NT and when partner showed one I bid the small slam. The play was simple; only 1 loser.

  • I chose to open 1H instead of 1C or our strong 2C. When partner responded 3H, it was only a question of the number of Aces held. So I bud 4NT asking, and partner showed 2 Aces. I could now count 13 tricks so I bid 7NT, making. If partner had shown only 1 Ace I would have been in trouble, since I had 2 losing spades and could thus lose the first…

  • Bidding a strong NT partner opened 1C and I dutifully showed my suit with 1H. Partner’s 1S probably showed 4 spades, so I bid 1NT and bought it there. The key play is on the opening lead. East is twice as likely to have the J of Clubs than the AK, so I duck in dummy and stop the suit. I lose a finesse of the J of hearts, and rather than cashing a…

  • Not a good hand for any form of Blackwood as you have a worthless doubleton club and two potential diamond losers. Also, the spade finesse must be on with the suit breaking 3-3. Just make a simple forcing bid and let partner show what he or she has. When the opponents stick in a club bid it is up to partner to show no club losers by cue-bidding…

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