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The Aces on Bridge: Sunday, January 1st, 2023


Patrick CheuJanuary 15th, 2023 at 9:49 am

Hi Bobby, Good Morning. Could you please advise as to how the bidding might go on the following: NS vul North KT72 QT 974 AKQ4 East 8654 A864 T8 J63 South QJ93 9732 A32 72 West A KJ5 KQJ65 T985.Ours went N 1C E pass S 1H West 2D-N pass-out. Not a success as a spade partial is on.If X by South is 8-11,could he take any action? Presumably X by North shows 3card heart support or a strong hand…hence the pass. 2D makes for average + to them and 3S makes. Suffice to say West was a robot..:)

Bobby WolffJanuary 15th, 2023 at 2:57 pm

Hi Patrick,
First, good to hear from you and hope all is well. Now to go practical, rather than
to follow strict, relatively losing rules which limit opportunities. However, my guess
is that your table bidding sequence would be normal (NS being short circuited out of their spade fit) but no doubt your side became the victim).

Particularly at matchpoints is it a common decision to fudge a bit on a 1NT opening (15-17). Since North has 14 and 2 tens now might be the time and when it then is passed around to West who now might bid a natural 2 diamonds (although in practice that will probably not be natural), then passed around to South who should make use of an all purpose reopening double which now allows partner to make the next mistake. However, here North than easily should choose 2 spades and flash bang, a haul of maximum match points for scoring up +140.

Easy for me to say, perhaps more difficult at the table, but indeed wonderful for giving winning advice. You need to make more appearances since then I have someone to laugh with me, rather than at me.

Much love from all AOB bridge lovers to you.

back to a winning final contract

Patrick CheuJanuary 15th, 2023 at 3:50 pm

Hi Bobby, So if on our sequence after 2d passed round to South, should he have reopened with a double? Based on the bidding to date.

Iain ClimieJanuary 15th, 2023 at 7:26 pm

HI Patrick,

It is pairs but, against that, how happy would you be to hear 2H from partner, vulnerable, assuming no support double in place?

Much easier if N opens a 12-14 NT (although perhaps top end as Bobby notes), P, P, natural 2D (if available), P P X and life is easy.



Patrick CheuJanuary 15th, 2023 at 7:41 pm

Hi Iain,Good to hear your input,it would be easier if playing weak NT..but the two tens as Bobby noted may swing it to 1N 15-17..hope you are well and still playing with Chris Stevens.

Iain ClimieJanuary 16th, 2023 at 8:31 am

Hi Patrick,

Thanks for that and I’m keeping pretty well. I’m working in Yeovil now not Weymouth but have been popping down to play with Chris every so often – hugely enjoyable sessions. Happy New Year and I hope you’re well too