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by rod
Fri Jul 10, 2020 5:14 pm
Forum: Bridge Questions, Puzzles, Deals
Topic: Common Sense?
Replies: 5
Views: 410

Common Sense?

I picked up this hand today. IMPs, everyone vulnerable. 107,AQ4,AQ106,KJ32 RHO opens 1♠. A double seems the least of evils. Ideally you'd have four hearts but they weren't dealt to you. It's best if partner picks a suit, and at worst a 4-3 fit should be playable. Let's say you double and partner bid...
by rod
Tue Jun 23, 2020 9:39 pm
Forum: Bridge Questions, Puzzles, Deals
Topic: Bidding Is Hard
Replies: 0
Views: 219

Bidding Is Hard

I'm presenting this hand as food for thought. Many will disagree with my approach here, and that's fine, you may have better methods. The point is to think ahead about the bidding and card play. You pick up this hand at IMPs, all vulnerable, three passes to you. AK,AQ8,K98642,AK Not bad! You pretty ...
by rod
Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:45 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: resuming play at bridge clubs after the lockdown
Replies: 5
Views: 652

Re: resuming play at bridge clubs after the lockdown

Also, here's an article that clears up some recent misconceptions about how the virus is transmitted.
by rod
Mon Jun 15, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: resuming play at bridge clubs after the lockdown
Replies: 5
Views: 652

Re: resuming play at bridge clubs after the lockdown

The really good news is that nobody in Australia is reported to have died from COVID-19 since 24 May. The reported number of active cases as of 13 June is 388. In the past most cases were imported from overseas, and that source has been shut down. What's concerning is the unknown number of undetecte...
by rod
Wed Jun 10, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Bridge Questions, Puzzles, Deals
Topic: Minors and Matchpoints
Replies: 2
Views: 287

Re: Minors and Matchpoints

This is an exercise in matchpoint thinking. I think many players would pass. But let's consider some points. 1. The only case for passing is if 4♣ makes and 4 ♦ is down two or more doubled. This seems unlikely because your side has at least half the points. 2. All of your cards are working on offenc...
by rod
Wed Jun 10, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Bridge Questions, Puzzles, Deals
Topic: Minors and Matchpoints
Replies: 2
Views: 287

Minors and Matchpoints

Matchpoints, nobody vulnerable, you pick up as dealer:

♠ K42
K5
AQ10987
♣ 64

You open 1, LHO bids 2♣, partner doubles and RHO bids 4♣.

Your call.
by rod
Fri May 29, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: resuming play at bridge clubs after the lockdown
Replies: 5
Views: 652

Re: resuming play at bridge clubs after the lockdown

My local club sent out an electronic questionnaire on this topic a couple of days ago. Among other things asking members' opinions about what safety measures should be taken when the club re-opens. Honestly though, I think the opinions of public health experts should matter more. I think most club p...
by rod
Tue May 26, 2020 7:05 am
Forum: Bridge Questions, Puzzles, Deals
Topic: How to go down in 3NT
Replies: 2
Views: 362

Re: How to go down in 3NT

The problem with testing the club suit is that even if diamonds split 4-4 as expected, you will not enjoy discarding on the last two rounds of diamonds. You can comfortably lose the lead once but not twice. So let's leave clubs alone. Spades will split 3-3 or not, and if not you will need three hear...
by rod
Tue May 26, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: Bridge Questions, Puzzles, Deals
Topic: How to go down in 3NT
Replies: 2
Views: 362

How to go down in 3NT

Here's another instructive computer deal. After a routine Stayman auction you, South, are declaring 3NT with the ♦ 2 led. Scoring is IMPS. North K93,AJ93,865,A64 South AQ62,K64,AQ,9532 East plays the ♦ K. You have eight tricks with very good chances for a ninth. What do you do? I'll tell you in adva...
by rod
Mon May 25, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Coffs Harbour
Topic: 2020 Coffs Gold Congress cancelled
Replies: 0
Views: 318

2020 Coffs Gold Congress cancelled

Julie Bryant, Secretary of the Coffs Harbour Bridge Club, yesterday announced this cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Let's hope 2021 will see a vaccine and a more normal continuation of bridge competition!