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Hands that make the difference

A common format of a Sydney teams congress is to play seven matches, each of eight boards. A fair degree of match fitness is required to maintain concentration throughout the day, and retain focus for those hands that can make a big difference. Here is one of those hands:  

Dealer South, NS vul.

          NORTH
          ♠ 8654
          76
          A52
          T932
WEST               EAST          
QT7              AJ      
AK832            QJ54  
—                KJ8643
Q8765            A
         SOUTH
         K932
         T9
         QT97
         KJ4

WEST       EAST
1H         2NT*  
3D*        4C*
4D*        4NT*
5H*        6H
All pass

Read more: Hands that make the difference

Vanishing losers

Playing in a teams match, you pick up the hand below:

SOUTH
♠ AQ53
AK985
KQJT

Best is to start quietly with a 1H opening. There is a small chance that you will miss a game if the other players pass (and your partner has, for example, Kxxxx of spades and nothing else) but so long as the bidding does not die out, you will have room to continue describing your hand if necessary.

Anyway, partner makes a limit raise to 3H (11-12). Your hand revalues to 24 total points (including the void) so you figure you have values for slam, and bid 6H.

West tries leading the DA and another diamond. What is your analysis of the hand?

Dealer South, nil vul.

NORTH
J42
QJT
43
AQ932

SOUTH
AQ53
AK985
KQJT

Read more: Vanishing losers

“Drop dead” lives on

Most players are aware that after partner opens 1NT, it is possible for responder to perform a rescue operation to a long suit, as South might do with this hand:

SOUTH
♠ Q8643
52
32
9852

NORTH      SOUTH
1NT        ?

Read more: “Drop dead” lives on

Better Frank than timid

How would you bid this board from a past Trumps Festival of Bridge event?

Dealer North, EW vul.

          NORTH
          ♠ J74
          9
          AT42
          AKQ87
WEST                 EAST
5                  T62
A87643             Q2
Q976               KJ85
T6                 J943
          SOUTH
         
AKQ983
         
KJT5
         
3
         
52

Read more: Better Frank than timid

Coming up trumps

Today’s hand has points of interest in bidding, declarer play and defence. It was submitted by Geoff Dunsford, who played it in a duplicate at Trumps.

Dealer West, EW vul.

          NORTH
          S Q98642
          H AT975
          D 83
          C —
WEST              EAST         
S AJT7            S K53      
H KQ8             H 32  
D K7              D QJT94
C AK76            C 852
          SOUTH
          S —
          H J64
          D A652
          C QJT953

Read more: Coming up trumps

Hall of fame

The Bridge Hall of Fame was started by the Bridge World magazine in 1964. The founding members were Ely Culbertson and Charles Goren (the only two bridge authorities to be totally dominant in their times) and Harold Stirling Vanderbilt.

Vanderbilt, who died in 1970, was the inventor of the modern game of bridge. Known to friends and family as Mike, he was the great-grandson of the shipping and railway tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt. He invented contract bridge in 1925, but it was as a yachtsman that he hit the cover of Time in 1930 when he won the America’s Cup. He repeated this success in 1934 and then, in 1937, with his wife as the first female fully-fledged member of an America’s Cup team. (The two of them were posthumously elected to the America’s Cup Hall of Fame in 1993.)

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