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The curse of leading against 3NT

Like me, you’ve probably encountered some funny bridge hands, but the kind of funny that is accompanied more by tears than chuckles. Here is an offering from a past Trumps teams congress:

A9
AT75432
6
T43

Your partner, West, passes. North opens 1D. You are not vulnerable against vulnerable opponents, and preempt 3H. South outbids you with 3S, and after your partner passes, North ventures 3NT. This is passed around to your partner, who doubles, concluding the auction. What do you lead?

Read more: The curse of leading against 3NT

Far out deals in the Far East

The Yeh Bros Cup is one of the world’s big money bridge competitions. These dramatic deals are from a past match between Italy and the USA:

Dealer South, both vul.

          NORTH
          ♠ 63
          ♥ 9
          ♦ KQ842
          ♣ KQJ86
WEST                EAST
♠ 52                ♠ 9
 AT86               QJ5432
 AJ975              T63
 54                 932
          SOUTH
          ♠ AKQJT874
          ♥ K7
          ♦ —
          ♣ AT7   

Read more: Far out deals in the Far East

Voyage of discovery

How strong is the following hand, and what is your strategy for bidding it? You are dealer, not vulnerable against vulnerable opponents.

8
3
AKJT86
AKT92

Read more: Voyage of discovery

Careful declarer play

Start with these two card combinations to warm up. In both instances you are declarer in a notrump contract:

1. K42 in dummy (West) opposite your  T76. South leads the queen of this suit; should you “cover an honour with an honour”?

2. Q972 opposite  AK653. How should you play this suit?

Read more: Careful declarer play

Fight for the extra trick

Today’s hand was submitted in the past by Australian expert Tim Bourke. Consider the bidding and play.

Dealer South, NS vul.

          NORTH
          T6
          J62
          QJ5
          K9653
WEST                EAST
 AQJ87              9532
 5                  QT9
 T983               K76
 Q87                JT2
          SOUTH
           K4
           AK8743
           A42
           A4

WEST NORTH EAST SOUTH
                1H
1S   2H    2S   4H
All pass

Read more: Fight for the extra trick

Limited losers

Today’s hand comes from the final round of the 2008 South West Pacific Teams Championship, held in Canberra each year. It was a wild hand with some auctions to match.

Dealer South, NS vul.

          NORTH
          843
          AQ76
          J4
          QJ94
WEST                EAST
 2                  965
 T98542             KJ
 3                  9865
 A8752              KT63
          SOUTH
          
 AKQJT7
          
 3
          
 AKQT72
          
 —

How good a hand is South’s?

Read more: Limited losers

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