The hand

This is not a happy tale. It started off innocently enough with North opening 1D, my passing as East, and South bidding 1H. Then my partner West opened 1S and I got excited and things went downhill...

North bid 2D, and I counted my losers coming to 8. I was not sure whether to bid 3S or 4S on my massive fit and diamond void, so I temporized and bid 3S, telling myself that when I later bid 4S it might stop the opponents from doubling or continuing to bid.

After 3S, South bid 4H which was passed around to me, and sure enough I bid my 4S - not taking into account South's confidence in bidding game without any sign of a fit from partner.

So was South intimidated enough to pass and leave 4S undoubled?

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See if you can work this one out:

S 54
H K73
D A86
C AQ863

S A82
H A842
D K73
C 752

You, South are in 3NT, with East having bid spades, West dutifully leading one. How do you plan the play?

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How would you go about planning the play on this hand on a DK lead and East following with the D7?

S KJ952
C 43

S -
H 96
D T8652

-     1H    2C     2D
2S    X     3C     -  
-     -

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How would you bid this hand (non-vulnerable against vulnerable) from the Swiss Pairs on Tuesday 18 July, after partner's 2S opening showing less than opening points and 5+ spades and 5+ of a minor suit?

Alternately, and possibly quite a different problem, how do you bid if partner managed a 1D opening?

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How do you bid this hand, as dealer and vulnerable against non-vulnerable?

S J732
H AQT975
D 3


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Can you work out how to bring this hand home? (Hint: Check the bidding and pity the diamonds are blocked...)

Peter Hollands describes the play and the thinking behind it in this four minute video. Would you be able to do this at the table?


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You find yourself in 4S after opening 1C with no opponent bidding. The opening lead is the DQ. How do you plan the play? Does this change if the opponents double your 4S?

S 9763
H K5
D A865

S A842
H A94
D 3

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You partner deals and opens 1H. Your right hand opponent (RHO) comes in with 3D, described as preemptive. What do you bid with this hand?

H 8
D AK64
C 763