Bridge I.Q. Lesson

Monday, August 24, 2015 - 1:00pm
Lesson Type: Constructive bidding

 

DLR: South
VUl: NS
 
 
  AKQ10
  AK86
5
K1052
 
 
 
 
   86543
  94
  AJ102
  86
  97
  J10752
  863  
  Q97
 
 
 
 
  J2
  Q3
  KQ974   
  AJ43 
 
 
 
 

 

 South  West  North  East
 1 Diamond  Pass  1 Heart  Pass
 2 Clubs  Pass  3 Spades!!  Pass
 3 No Trump  Pass  Pass  Pass
Opening Lead: Spade 4

 

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 Question: I held:

                        QJ64

                        A9765

                        76

                        A8

          My right hand opponent opened 1 spade and I overcalled 2 hearts. I ended up getting doubled and going down 4. Since I wasn't vulnerable and they were I thought it was safe to bid with this. Obviously it didn't turn out that way. What do you think?

Answer: Overcalling on the 2 level with a 5 card suit and a balanced hand is far more dengerous than most players realize. Unless you have extra values it is better to pass with hands like this, even with as many as 14 points. What happens is if your partner doesn't have a fit, you get into the kind of trouble you had, and if he does have a fit, he raises you and you don't have enough to make that. If you had a singleton somewhere you could make a decent case for bidding, but with this hand, I would pass.

       

                   

 

 

 

 

                       

 

                      

 

                                    

 

                   

                             

                 

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Bridge T.G.I.F. 8/28

 
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               You have:

                    A10765

                    AKJ

                    J76

                    Q2

          Your partner opens 1 no trump (15-17). You respond 2 hearts as a transfer. Partner bids 3 spades. What do you bid?

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

         

 

 

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