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2105, 2022

Hand of the Week #156 (Solution) ♥

Saturday, 21 May, 2022|

N E S W P 2♣* P 2♦* P 2NT P 3♣* P 3♠ P 6NT P P P Counting our top tricks we have: 2 spades, 3 hearts, 3 diamonds and 3 clubs which is 11 top tricks. That means that we only need 1 extra

2105, 2022

Hand of the Week #156 ♥

Saturday, 21 May, 2022|

N E S W P 2♣* P 2♦* P 2NT P 3♣* P 3♠ P 6NT P P P West passes as the dealer, North opens 2♣* intending to rebid 2NT with their 24 HCP balanced hand, East passes and South replies with a 2♦* relay bid.

1405, 2022

Hand of the Week #155 (Solution) ♣

Saturday, 14 May, 2022|

N E S W 1NT P P P The best way to play NT contracts is to look at your top tricks and then look where your extra tricks are coming from. In this hand we have 3 top tricks (♠AK and ♣A) and our only source

1405, 2022

Hand of the Week #155 ♣

Saturday, 14 May, 2022|

N E S W 1NT P P P South opens 1NT (12-14 balanced) and that ends the auction! North has no interest in game or in showing a major suit so it is a simple pass and neither East nor West ventured an overcall, so a NT

705, 2022

Hand of the Week #154 (Solution) ♠

Saturday, 7 May, 2022|

N E S W 1♥ X 1♠ P 2NT P 3♣* P 3NT P P P Usually the best principle in a NT contract is to count your top tricks and then see where your extras are coming from ('TEE'-ing off) and if we do that on

705, 2022

Hand of the Week #154 ♠

Saturday, 7 May, 2022|

N E S W 1♥ X 1♠ P 2NT P 3♣* P 3NT P P P East opens the bidding with 1♥, South doubles for takeout, West replies 1♠ and North passes. East's rebid of 2NT promises a balanced hand with 18-19 HCP so South now gives

3004, 2022

Hand of the Week #153 (Solution) ♦

Saturday, 30 April, 2022|

N E S W 1♠ P 1NT P 2♥ P 2♠ P P P Looking at North's losers it appear we have: 2 potential trumps, 2 hearts, no diamond and 1 club. Based on that brief analysis it would appear like we are very like to make

3004, 2022

Hand of the Week #153 ♦

Saturday, 30 April, 2022|

N E S W 1♠ P 1NT P 2♥ P 2♠ P P P North opens their unbalanced hand 1♠, East passes and South replies 1NT which shows 6-9 points with no fit for spades (3 or fewer cards). West passes and North completes their 2 bid

2304, 2022

Hand of the Week #152 (Solution) ♥

Saturday, 23 April, 2022|

N E S W 1♣ P 1♦ P 3♦ P P P It looks as if there is two ways to play this hand and they are: 1) play on a pure cross-ruff, ruffing clubs in hand and major losers in the dummy, or 2) play a

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