Monday Bridge 20 January 2020

Hi All,

A nice sunny winter day with 11 nice tables. Congratulations to David and Zelda (66%) and Nancy and Bill (60%) for high scores for the day. You've all done very well.

Next Monday we'll finish Rebids by Opener and start Rebids by Responder.  Still good stuff.

A week from Thursday, 30 January, we hope to start an important new series. I have long felt that the best way for any player, beginner to expert, to improve their game is to improve their defense. The proposed series will start with the basics and work through all the useful points. We hope this will be of interest to both Monday and Thursday players. It will be held at 10:30 am every Thursday for a fee of $5. If you don't play in the afternoon game, there will be an additional 2$ for Centennial Hall. Please let me know by email to if you desire to attend. If there is sufficient interest, we will start the course.

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

See you,


PS  Comments added to boards 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12 and 18.

West and North pass and East opens 1 Spade. South passes and West's reflex is to limit his hand with 3 Spades, showing 10-12 points and 4-card support. He stops to think, though, because partner's bid has made both their hands better. He now counts 12 points (10 HCPs plus 1 for the doubleton and 1 for the 4-card support) and partner has at least 14 points (Opening 13 plus 1 for his fifth Spade). West knows there is enough for game and if partner has extra values, there might be slam. He can't bid anything that partner could pass, so bids 2 Diamonds to force partner to describe his hand. When East rebids 2 Hearts, West settles for 4 Spades and it makes for the top. Good job, Ray and Carol and Walter and Pat!

East opens 1 Heart and West stops to reevaluate and think. He has 17 HCPs, Heart support and a doubleton. He considers 3 No Trump to show his balanced hand and 16-18 points, but that might deny Heart support and partner might pass.. He instead responds 1 Spade to force partner to describe his hand. East rebids 2 Clubs to show two suits and 13-18 points. West now sees a double fit and at least 32 points in Hearts, so jumps to 4 No Trump, Blackwood, to check the Aces. East bids 5 Hearts to show both missing Aces and West goes to 6 Hearts. It makes for the top.

It floats to East who opens 1 Club, intending to rebid 2 No Trump unless something better shows up. West responds 1 Spade and East continues with 2 No Trump since he isn't sure of a fit. West has enough for game and may just raise to 3 No Trump. Systems are not on with this sequence, but he may still want to try for a major fit. If so, he will rebid 3 Hearts, promising 4 Hearts and 5 Spades (He didn't bid up the line) and East will choose 4 Spades. It makes with an overtrick for the top.

North opens 1 Club and South responds 1 Spade, forcing partner to describe. North can't reverse to 2 Hearts, so rebids 1 No Trump. South forces with a delayed jump-shift to 3 Hearts, showing enough for game, 5 Spades and 4 Hearts. North raises to 4 Hearts. The defenders should get 2 Diamonds and a Club, but declarer should get 3 Spades, 4 Hearts and 4 Clubs. They get an overtrick if the defenders don't get their Diamonds first. 

North opens 1 Spade and South must respond 1 No Trump. North likes his hand and wants to get to game even if South has only 6 points. South could pass 3 Spades and he doesn't like a tactical jump-shift to 3 Clubs (South might jump to 5 Clubs). He decides to reevaluate considering Spades a self-supporting suit. This gives him about 23 points, so he just jumps to 4 Spades. Good job, Darrell!

North opens 2 Clubs  and South responds 2 Diamonds, waiting. North rebids 3 Diamonds to suggest 6 or more Diamonds and 23 points. South rebids 4 Clubs to show that he has enough for game, but isn't sure about the Diamonds. North bids 4 Spades to offer a choice for trump and South stops to think. 

South isn't sure what to do now. He has 12 HCPs plus a void and a singleton opposite partner's 23 or more. Obviously there are distribution points involved and no apparent fit. He really wants to be in slam and prefers a suit. He has no way to check for Aces now, because 4 No Trump would be to play. He decides to go with his 7-card suit and jumps to 6 Clubs. All pass and East leads the Queen of Hearts.

Declarer stops to count and plan. He counts 7 sure tricks; 3 Spades, 2 Hearts, 1 Diamond and 1 Club.
He looks at several options, but with limited transportation, they all require trumps to fall in two rounds. He decides on the most direct route and wins the Heart with dummy's Ace, Cashes the Ace of Clubs and leads to his King. When the suit clears, he cashes the Ace of Diamonds and throws dummy's Heart losers on the top Spades and has all good trumps in dummy for 6 Clubs plus 1 and the top. No Trump makes the same way, but that is even riskier to bid.

Good bid Darrell, but bad luck on the play!

A weird free for all. East opens 1 Spade, West responds 1 No Trump and North stops to think. He has 16 HCPs and a singleton, so thinks he must do something, Double would be for penalty. He's not likely to have a Spade fit and 2 Spades would be ambiguous at best. A two-level overcall with his 4-card Club suit is out of the question. He decides to double for penalty. 

Now East must stop to think. He doesn't want to leave 1 No Trump doubled, so will rebid 2 Diamonds, up the line. South knows that partner has good values for his double, so may compete to 3 Clubs. West may compete to 3 of partner's second suit and so on. There will be other options if bidders bend the rules. Clubs by N/S and Diamonds or Hearts by East/West work out. Two N/S pairs lucked out at 2 Spades, but more was asking for it.