Bridge I.Q. Lesson

Monday, February 23, 2015 - 11:00am
Lesson Type: Declarer play

 

Dlr North
Vul: Both
 
 
  1052
  AK83
  1074
  KQ3
 
 
 
 
   9864
   52
   AKQ83
   75
  73
  QJ964
  J65  
  982
 
 
 
 
  AKQJ
  107
  92   
  AJ1064
 
 
 
 

 

 North  East  South  West
  1 Club  Pass  1 Spade  2 Diamonds
  2 Spades  Pass  4 Spades  Pass
  Pass  Pass    
Opening Lead  Diamond Ace

 

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Bridge Q.& A.

    Send Joe a question

Each week Joe will choose one to answer online, but he’ll try to answer all questions personally in a timely manner.

Question:  I held:

                      AK865

                      86

                      875

                      A98

                My right hand opponent opened 2 clubs. I overcalled 2 spades. My partner bid 4 spades. Opener now bid 7 hearts. I doubled. Opener was 8-5 in the red suits and we couldn't beat it. Was I wrong to double?

Answer: Yes. If you were beating this you were getting a good score without the double. Unless the declarer is a lunatic you know he has extreme distribution based on the auction.       

                 

I want to send a question

 
 

Bridge T.G.I.F. 2/20

 
Every Friday test your skills on Joe’s weekly quiz.

Write your answer to quiz@bridgeprojoe.com and you may be one of the monthly winners who wins a free play with Joe.  Check back on Monday for the best answer.

               You have:

                      K986

                      Q86

                      A5 

                      KJ74

                  Your partner opens 1 heart. What do you respond? 

                Answer: While the final contract is likely to be 4 hearts, there are other possibilities. The easiest way to explore them is to respond 2 clubs. If you are playing 2 over 1 this will create an immediate game force, and now no one has to go jumping around. If you respond 1 spade partner will probably bid 2 diamonds. Now how many hearts do you bid? It would have to be 4. This will make exploring for other contracts difficult. With the 2 club response, if partner bids 2 diamonds you need to bid only 2 hearts. We can still find a spade fit, and we can even suggest 3 no trump as a contract. All bases will be covered. 

               

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When I was as cute as I was in this picture, I was good at war and old maid. My mother made me graduate to canasta and, at the age of 13, my aunt Lucy taught me the basics of bridge. Unfortunately I didn't play again until I was 24.

 

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