Trumps Bridge Centre
This deal was submitted by leading player Ted Bourke, of
Your left hand opponent, West, is vulnerable and opens a weak 2H and your partner, North, overcalls 2S. East passes and you must decide what to do with this hand:
With 20 HCP and a reasonable fit for spades, you bid 4NT (which you play as ordinary Blackwood, not Keycard), and North answers 5D to show one ace. What should you call next?
A danger if you bid 6S is that East will be on lead and will lead a heart through your king, and it will be no surprise to find that the heart bidder, West, is sitting over you with the A-Q of hearts. To protect your king, you decide to bid 6NT. This has been the auction:
WEST NORTH EAST SOUTH
2H 2S Pass 4NT
Pass 5D Pass 6NT
The DJ is led, and this is what you see:
Dealer West, EW vul. Contract: 6NT by South. Lead: DJ.
How should you plan the play in 6NT?
Nowadays the most popular site for online bridge is BBO (Bridge Base Online), which offers free bridge any time you choose to log on. Today’s hand, submitted by Nick Hughes, was played on BBO.
Dealer South, Nil vul. Contract: 4H by South. Lead: DJ.
WEST NORTH EAST SOUTH
Pass 2H Pass 4H
A straightforward auction saw North-South reach a marginal game contract. West led the jack of diamonds. How do you plan the hand as declarer in 4H?
On the deal below, 6S looked to be a sweet spot when dummy went down. A bad trump break gave the slam a sour taste but a sniff at the bidding made it palatable after all.
Dealer: West, both Vul. Contract: 6S by South. Lead: DK.
WEST NORTH EAST SOUTH
3D 3H Pass 3S
Pass 4S Pass 4NT
Pass 5H Pass 6S
Against South’s 6S contract, West led the king of diamonds while East followed with the D2 (standard leads and signals). Declarer fancied the prospects of making 12 tricks: five in each major, plus the minor suit aces.
After winning the diamond lead, declarer cashed a top spade and was disconcerted to see West show out, meaning that East had five spades. Time for a rethink.
A Swiss event is like a ladder - the top two pairs play each other and so on. Each Wednesday night at Trumps Bridge Centre, there is a Swiss Pairs and while the round is being scored up, expert panellists discuss the deals just played. This article features one such deal.
After your partner opens a 15-17 1NT, what is your strategy with this hand?
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