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Slammers’ paradise

Here is a tough hand from a past Gold Coast Congress, submitted by Nick Hughes.

Dealer North, Nil vul.

          NORTH
          J94
          T863
          T72
          972

WEST                EAST
 Q                  A853
 AKQ94              752
 A984               KQ53
 A84                KT
          SOUTH
           KT762
           J
           J6
           QJ653

How would you bid this hand?

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Adding another convention?

After partner opens 1S, what do you bid with the following:

♠ QT32
AK98532
A2
-

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Beating the experts

Wednesday nights at Trumps are streamed into two sections. The advanced game usually offers the option to stay for analysis of interesting deals at the end of the session, and one or more experts are usually playing. On the hand below, one of the experts pointed out that he had allowed 4H to make – but one of the other players, Alex Cook (playing with Robin Ho), found the defence to shoot the contract.  

Dealer North, NS vul.

          NORTH
          ♠ 75432
          84
          KT73
          J8
WEST                EAST          
J6                AKQT8      
A762              Q953
J942              5
653               AK9
          SOUTH
          9
          KJT
          AQ86
          QT742

WEST   NORTH   EAST   SOUTH
       Ho             Cook   
       Pass    1S     Dble
1NT    Pass    3H     Pass
4H     All pass

The 3H bid from East, being a jump shift by opener, is forcing to game and shows about 19+ points. West raised to show the fit.

Cook started on the right footing with a low club lead; with such a good trump holding, it would be poor to lead the singleton spade because there is nothing to gain by ruffing. On the club lead, North properly played “third hand high”, losing to the CA.

Declarer next played the HA (with Cook contributing the H10), then a low heart to the H9, losing to the HJ. What should South do next?

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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

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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

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“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

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