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The Aces on Bridge: Tuesday, August 16th, 2022


Shantanu RastogiAugust 30th, 2022 at 11:14 am

Hello Bobby Sir

The Precision bidding sequence shown in the deal of the day is a bit bizarre from common sense point of view. Against passed partner North has not explored a 3 NT contract by checking of South holds 5332 and not a singleton elsewhere. Playing 1 Nt as control asking with passed partner and having minimum balanced opener can not be right and shows you are a gadget freak.


Shantanu Rastogi

bobbywolffAugust 30th, 2022 at 12:42 pm

Hi Shantanu,

No doubt your precision advice is on target, this was a real hand, played years ago and
carefully enough, presented as stated.

Bridge bidding has improved since then, making your advice well worth stating, though possibly also allowing North to jump to game (perhaps with a known 9+ card major suit game contract) without helping their opponents with unnecessary information gleaned.

However, welcome back to our site and hope you, and your excellent bidding suggestions, continue to be directly involved, instead of an unwanted absentee.

jim2August 30th, 2022 at 3:45 pm

Well, all I know is that if I had ignored the 9-card fit to play 3N, pard’s non-spade king would be in one of non-diamonds suits and I would have lost the first 4 or 5 tricks.

This is classic TOCM ™.

A V Ramana RaoAugust 30th, 2022 at 4:13 pm

Hi Jim2
If you were to declare the hand in 3 NT, you would have got heart lead and the suit would break 5-2 with diamond A in the hand with KQJ9x of hearts. Operation success yet !!