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The Aces on Bridge: Monday, January 18th, 2021


Iain ClimieFebruary 1st, 2021 at 7:16 pm

Welcome back


Patrick CheuFebruary 1st, 2021 at 9:36 pm

Hi Bobby,This hand did not produce the desired result,North QJ3 AJ953 K63 65 South K876 QT2 9 AKT97,Bidding went South 1C(2+c) North 1H,South 1S North 2N,South 3N..passed out -1.Most in heart part scores making +1 or 2,three in games -1,two in games making and one 3N making and one in 2S+3..In our bidding over 2N if South bids 3H that would be forcing to game. Not sure North should bid 2N?! 2S seems…Could you please suggest a possible sequence of bidding. East T92 864 AQJ4 QJ2 West A54 K7 T8752 843. Regards Patrick

Patrick CheuFebruary 1st, 2021 at 9:53 pm

Hi Bobby, This hand did not produce the desired result..North QJ3 AJ953 K63 65 South K876 QT2 9 AKT97-South 1C(2+C) North 1H,South 1S North 2N(? 2S seems..),South 3N(3H GF n 3H). -1 Some in hearts part scores +1 or +2,3 in 4H -1,2 in 4H making.One in 2S +3 and one in 3N=. West A54 K7 T8752 843 East T92 864 AQJ4 QJ2.Could you please advise as to how we might bid this.Regards Patrick

JudyFebruary 1st, 2021 at 11:44 pm

I understand the site has been fixed to allow Bobby’s loyal followers to jump in whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Warm regards, Judy

Iain ClimieFebruary 2nd, 2021 at 12:19 pm

Quick test post

Iain ClimieFebruary 2nd, 2021 at 3:05 pm

Test blog post?

Bobby WolffFebruary 2nd, 2021 at 3:58 pm

Hi Iain,

Thanks for the much needed WELCOME BACK.

Many thanks for your always continued loyalty and support, especially after our failing miserably to live up to expectations.

Computers and the current problems which arise make me feel like a novice bridge player, learning that I can trump an opponents ace, when out of a suit and actually win the trick, but only and until, the process on the internet is back up and working.

Bobby WolffFebruary 2nd, 2021 at 4:22 pm

Hi Patrick,

At least to me the bidding should go: South 1 club, North 1 heart, South 1 spade, North 2NT (instead with 1NT possible but very conservative) 3 hearts by South (checkback for partner having a 5 card suit), North 4 hearts.

Declarer (with this very favorable defensive layout) should take 11 tricks and to take less than 10 is indeed strange.

If asked about the bidding the specific card in North’s hand which convinces me to bid 2NT instead of only one is the 9 of hearts which often allows that suit (when distributed fairly normal around the table) to offer more potential for a source of ticks. It doesn’t on this hand, but it could on others.

The failure of South to bid 3 hearts indicates the need of the importance to checkback for alternate contracts rather than to pass 2NT or worse, continue on to 3NT, without properly describing all necessary features with one’s hand.

That problem can easily be resolved if a player is willing to open his bridge mind and understand that the bidding is every bit as important (and likely more so, as the play). South has already shown fewer than 4 hearts with his 1 spade rebid.

Yes, it can be right to pass 2NT with South’s hand, but in spite of the minimum hcp holding, it is always necessary, whenever possible, to completely describe one’s hand and this hand is the poster boy for that caveat.

Good luck and happy New Year.
Stay safe!!!!

Patrick CheuFebruary 5th, 2021 at 7:39 pm

Hi Bobby,Many thanks for your reply,I did not think my post got through. Your thoughts on the hand are much appreciated here. Sorry for my late reply. All the Best to you and Judy too. Best regards Patrick