Monday Bridge 8 July 2019

Hi All,

A lovely summer day for bridge. Congratulations to Nancy and Bill (68%) and David and Zelda (60) for high scores for the day. You've all done very well.

Next Monday we will review Lesson 4, Competitive bidding. Don't miss everybody's favorite lesson. This Thursday there will be no, repeat no, advance lesson. Don't come at 10:30.

I'll try to add comments to today's boards tomorrow and Wednesday. Check back to see what I have to say.

See you soon.


Comments added to boards 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17 and 18.

It's always hard to find a slam when both partners have normal hands and they fit together just right.

North wants to open, but his hand is suitable for neither 1 Spade nor 2 Spades. He passes to see what happens. South opens 1 Diamond and North responds 1 Spade. South is just short of a jump-shift, so reverses to 2 Hearts forcing partner to the level 3 Diamonds or higher. North wants to get to game opposite partner's 17 or more points and must be careful they don't stop short.

North ponders the sure Heart fit, versus checking for a Spade fit. If he jumps to 3 Spades, partner probably wouldn't pass with 17 points opposite 10 or more, but could. Partner might well pass 3 Hearts, so North would have to go straight to 4 Hearts and partner would surely pass. They need 2 overtricks for a decent score.

Let's suppose North jumps to 3 Spades to show his 6-card suit and 10 or more points. South will not pass, but will consider 4 Spades versus 3 No Trump. Either of these make and 3 no Trump plus 3 gets the top. Carol had good intuition (or was Desperately Seeking Slam) and invited with 5 Spades. Karen, not being DSS, counted only one point more than already promised , so passed. She might have upgraded for her 4 top honors, but might also downgrade the King of Diamonds. Tough call.

Tough hand.

South opens 1 Club and North considers No Trump, but doesn't want to deny his two good majors. He responds 1 Heart to force partner to describe his hand and South rebids 2 Clubs. North jumps to 3 No Trump and it makes with two  overtricks for the top. Good job, Len and Hazel!

A straightforward hand for a change. It floats to East who opens 2 Clubs with his 10 sure tricks. West responds 2 Diamonds,waiting, and East jumps to 3 Hearts to show game in hand. He hopes that partner has extra values for slam, but West has little and closes out at 4 Hearts. West's Queen of Clubs provides an overtrick, but it's basically flat for a mediocre score.

West opens 1 Diamond and East responds 1 Heart. West rebids 2 hearts to show the fit and 13-16 points. East raises to 4 Hearts and it makes with an overtrick for the top. Good job, Janet and Virginia!

North opens 1 Spade and South responds 2 Clubs to show his 10 or more points and to force partner to describe his hand. North stops to ponder his rebid. He reevaluates his hand as at least 17 and partner's Club bid makes his singleton King look better. If he considers his Spades to be self- supporting, he adds another 7 points and has plenty for slam. With so many distribution points, however, he could easily be missing two Aces so he jumps to 4 No Trump to check. 

South responds 5 Diamonds and North stops to think again. He's missing an Ace, but partner may have a Spade honor allowing him to run the trumps. He flips a coin. If he stops at 5 Spades, it makes for a decent score, but if he goes for the slam, it goes down. 

David played beautifully for the top. That's how you win!

South opens 1 Spade and North responds 2 Diamonds to show his 10 points. South must describe his hand and still counts 15 points. If he rebids 2 Spades, showing 6 or more Spades and 13-16 points, partner may well pass with a minimum and poor support. He wants to get to game so thinks about deciding that his hand is self-supporting, reevaluating to 20 points and raising to game. The danger of this is that partner doesn't know whether you've taken those points or not. With support he may figure you for even more and go to slam.

South decides that his duty to describe is most important and rebids 2 Spades. North will know that his Spade support gives partner at least 16 points and raise to game. It makes for an overtrick. If partner had no Spades, he would pass and declarer would be lucky to make 9 tricks.

Describe your hand and trust partner to make the right bid!

East opens 1 Diamond and West rebids 2 Clubs, promising at least 5 Clubs and 10 points and forcing partner to describe his hand. East has two choices. He can bid 2 No Trump, but this denies his 4-card major. He can reverse to 2 Hearts to show his second suit and force partner to at least 3 Diamonds. A reverse would normally require 15 or more points, but this sequence is the exception which requires only 13 points. 

East should rebid 2 Spades to show his 4-card major and force partner to bid again (He can show his 6-card Club suit next time if necessary). West will now force with 2 No Trump. West will raise to 3 No Trump which will make with overtricks for the top. West might also invite with 4 No Trump, but East will probably pass with his minimum. 

South opens 1 Heart and North reevaluates to 10 points in support of Hearts and jumps to 3 Hearts, the limit raise, to show his 4-card support and 10-12 points. South reevaluates to 18 points, raises to game and it makes for the top.

East may or may not open 1 Diamond with his flat 13 points. Let's suppose he does. South counts 18 points and doubles (big). North advances 3 Clubs to show his 9-12 points and South corrects to 3 No Trump. West leads the 8 of Diamonds and declarer stops to count and plan.

Declarer sees 4 top tricks; 2 Spades and 2 Diamonds. He hopes for 2-4 Clubs and a Heart or two. His other approach is to try to set up the Diamonds. He ponders trying to throw West in to lead another Diamond, but the transportation is tenuous. He decides to stick to the more straightforward attack on the Hearts and Clubs.

Declarer wins the first trick with the Ace of Diamonds and leads his low Club to the King and forces out the Ace. East is stuck for an exit. Whatever he leads helps declarer who should end up with at least 9 tricks.


Double Yuck!! Except for Janet and Virginia! Good job!

North opens 1 Club and east overcalls 1 Spade. West invites with 2 Hearts to tell partner that with Hearts support and 15-16 points he should bid game. East is short of that and ponders whether to correct to 2 Spades or just pass. Partner may have no Spades and should be prepared to play 2 Hearts. On the other hand, if Partner has a Spade or two, 2 Spades might play better. Hmm.

Fortunately, whichever he chooses makes with an overtrick for a good score. Note that 3 Clubs by North is what is called a pajama bid. It's either a top or a bottom.

North opens 1 No Trump and South stops to think. She wants to be in 4 Hearts, but isn't sure about slam. She responds 4 Diamonds, the Texas Transfer, and North rebids 4 Hearts as directed. South ponders whether to pass, bid 4 No Trump, Blackwood, or invite with 5 Hearts.

If she passes, they make an overtrick for the top. If she invites, North will pass with her minimum. If she bids 4 No Trump, North will respond 5 Diamonds to show 1 Ace. 

Whatever they bid, they must lose the Ace of Diamonds and the Queen of Hearts. Only Desperately Seeking Slam would bid 6 Hearts and she would get burned this time. 

It floats to North who opens 1 Club. East and South pass and West may pass as well. If West overcalls with 1 Heart, however, North will trust his partner to show preference and rebid 1 Spade (he doesn't want to force to game with a jump-shift because South may have nothing). East will pass and South will raise to 2 Spades to show the fit and some values. North will then jump to 4 Spades and make it for the top.

West missed an excellent chance to pass!