Newplicate 1/8

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Thank you for coming out in our first of many Newplicate nights of 2018! Happy New Year to everybody, hope to see many more of you at Newplicate next week.

Sorry for the delay but here is a little analyses of some of the boards you played.

 

Board 1
North Deals
None Vul
A Q 6 5
A Q J 8 4 2
6 2
A
K 9 8 4
10 5
Q J 10 4
K 10 8
N
W E
S
10 3 2
K 9 7
8 7 3
J 9 4 2
J 7
6 3
A K 9 5
Q 7 6 5 3

N opens 1H and S has 10pts which – since we should all be trying to apply two over one – is not enough to bid her own suit at the 2 level – in 2/1 that shows 12+ pts. S will therefore have to respond with 1NT – 6-11 and not necessarily a balanced hand. N now has 2 jobs: 1 to show that she has 6Hs and 2 to show that she has extra strength: N will jump to 3H to show 16+pts with 6H and S will then bid 4H having the absolute top of her range and a heart fit.

 

Board 2
East Deals
N-S Vul
A Q 4
A K J 5
8 4 2
K 7 5
3 2
9 3
A Q 10 6 5 3
8 4 3
N
W E
S
10 9 7
10 8 7 4 2
K 9
A 10 9
K J 8 6 5
Q 6
J 7
Q J 6 2

W opens 2D and N would like to still be able to bid NTs as she was planning on doing without the opening preempt, but in order to bid 2NT over 2D N would need a D stopper which she doesn’t have. N will therefore have to DOUBLE 2D – note that the distribution of this take out double is quite imperfect, but it is made up for it with the extra strength. E will pass and S will have to answer the double: S has 10pts and 5S and so S should know that there is a real chance of bidding game here if N has a bit of extra values, S should therefore respond by bidding 3S (instead of 2). N at this point will have to accept the game invitation having 17pts and will have to do so by bidding 4S and hope that S has 5 of them. If S had had only 4S and 10+ pts, then S should have found a better bid than jumping to 3S – which would have been a Cue Bid of the diamonds to show 10+pts and some support for at least one of the unbid suits.

 

Board 8
West Deals
None Vul
K 8 5 2
10 7 5 4 3
3
Q J 2
A 6 4
K Q 2
K 9 8 4
A K 9
N
W E
S
A J 9 8 6
Q 10 7 6 5
6 5 4
Q J 10 9 7 3
A J 2
10 8 7 3

W will open 1D – too strong for 1Nt and too weak for 2NT – N will pass and E will respond with 1H (yes we have a great D fit but always inquire about the majors first). S should now be a mean opponent and overcall with a weak jump to 2S to make life hard for E/W. W will not be too scared since he has so many points and will still bid 2NT as he intended on doing to show 18/19pts and a balanced hand. N will now have to apply the law of total tricks and jump herself to 4S – N knows that they have 10 spades between the 2 of them and therefore when we have 10 trumps + a bit of distribution we should always compete to the 4 level. E will now finally show her D support by bidding 5D.

We will discuss SACRIFICING in the future.

Board 12
West Deals
N-S Vul
6 5
10 9 2
Q J 9 6 5
J 9 8
K 8 7 2
A K 7 3
8 2
Q 6 5
N
W E
S
J 10 9
J 8 4
10 4 3
K 10 7 2
A Q 4 3
Q 6 5
A K 7
A 4 3

W opens 1C, N passes and E passes. S has too many points to overcall NT and therefore the only option she has is to start with a DOUBLE – strong hands must always go by a double in competition. W will pass, N will bid 1D, E will pass and S will now have to show her balanced hand with a lot of points and will therefore jump to 2NT showing 18/19 points + a C stopper. W will pass and N will as well having 4 pretty ugly points.

Newplicate 12/18

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Hi everybody, due to the imminent holidays we will NOT be holding a newplicate game for the next TWO weeks and we will be back on JANUARY 8TH for a new year of great bridge and fun!

I want to personally thank each and everyone of you who faithfully joined us week after week, even when results were not the best 🙂

I am proud of the improvements you all made during this year and I am looking forward to working with you in the future.

Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you! See you in two weeks 🙂

Giorgia

Here is our usual recap from last night:

Board 2
East Deals
N-S Vul
10 9 6 4
Q 10 9
8 6 4
A 8 2
A Q 8 5 2
A 6 4
9
K J 10 6
N
W E
S
K J 3
K 8 3 2
A J 5
Q 5 3
7
J 7 5
K Q 10 7 3 2
9 7 4

E opens 1C and S should make a weak jump overcall of 2D, at this point W will bid 2S (5+ S, 10+ pts and forcing), E will bid 3S and W will go to game. At many tables there was no 2D overcall and so W answered 1S, E went to 1NT and W found herself in exactly that position that we had discussed in our lesson prior to the game: the need to force the auction and tell our partner that we have 5S instead of 4. As discussed, the only way to show a 5 card suit is to BID A NEW SUIT (since rebidding your own suit will show 6 cards and also will not be forcing!). Over the 1NT then W will bid 2C to show 5S and 4C (the minor could be a white lie and we could have less than 4 if we were only using it to show the 5S) and E will then raise to 2S now knowing that there is a S fit. W will complete the auction by going to 4S.

Board 4
West Deals
Both Vul
7 5
10 5
K J 7 5
A K Q J 4
Q 8 2
J 9 7
9 8
9 7 6 3 2
N
W E
S
A 10 9 6
A K 8 4 2
Q 4
10 5
K J 4 3
Q 6 3
A 10 6 3 2
8

N opens 1C and E overcalls 1H. S now has the perfect hand for a NEGATIVE DOUBLE: 8+ pts with S and D. W will pass and N will go ahead and choose D by bidding 2D, E will pass having found no support from partner and S will now raise once more to 3D to show an invitational hand (10/11pts). N would like to accept the invitation – having 14 gorgeous points which is the top of her 12-14 range – and would like to be able to play 3NT since 5D is definitely too hard, but N does not have a H stopper to bid 3NT. At this point N should bid 3H to ASK S for that H stopper. S will then bid 3NT and take plenty of tricks once regained the lead having running Cs and Ds (Q of D will drop after AK).

The morale is that when our opponents overcall and during the auction we bid their suit we are ASKING our partner to go to NT if they have a stopper or go back to our agreed upon minor suit if they do not have it. Bidding opponent’s suit does not SHOW having something in it, because if we did we would have gone to NT ourselves.

 

Board 10
East Deals
Both Vul
K 7 5
Q J 10
K 10 9 5 3
Q 4
6
8 7 6 5 4
Q 2
10 9 8 6 3
N
W E
S
J 9 3 2
K 9 3
8 7 6
K 5 2
A Q 10 8 4
A 2
A J 4
A J 7

A lay down slam, but not the most obvious to bid for us yet. S opens 2NT and N has 11 points + a 5 card suit and therefore finds herself right on the cusp. In all such cases we will be able to use our 4NT QUANTITATIVE BID to show our partner that we have more than game (we went above 3NT) but not quite enough for slam and we are leaving it up to them to decide whether to stay in 4NT (if they have a minimum hand) or raise it to 6NT (if they have a maximum hand). In this case S has “only” 20pts but also with a beautiful 5 card suit and could therefore decide to stay or bid 6NT, both ways would be reasonable. Let us just use this hand as an example of a useful quantitative bid.

Board 11
South Deals
None Vul
K
J 7 5 3 2
A Q 8 6
A 7 5
9 7 4 3
A Q
J 2
K Q J 8 3
N
W E
S
10 8 6 2
9 8
K 7 3
9 6 4 2
A Q J 5
K 10 6 4
10 9 5 4
10

W opens 1C and N overcalls 1H, E passes and S has 10pts + a H fit and therefore needs to find a way to show her strength + support while IN COMPETITION! S has only 1 choice and that it to bid 2Cs cuebid. W will pass and N will continue describing her hand by bidding 2D (5H and 4D). E will pass and S will now complete the description of her hand by bidding 2H = now we know for sure that S has 10/11 pts and a H fit. W will pass again and N will raise it to 4H having 14pts and a singleton.

 

Board 13
North Deals
Both Vul
A K 4
Q 8 5
J 10 5 2
Q 9 5
9 8 2
9 7 4 3
7 6 4 3
A J
N
W E
S
10 7 6 5 3
A 2
K 9
K 10 7 3
Q J
K J 10 6
A Q 8
8 6 4 2

N opens 1D and E should overcall 1S – I know that the S are terrible but we have 10 pts and a 5/4 distribution, with a 5332 distribution I would be much more inclined to passing. After 1S S has another perfect NEGATIVE DOUBLE situation having points and H+C. N will answer the double by bidding 1NT and S will close it down at 3NT right away having 13pts with nothing else to show.

 

Newplicate 11/20

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Thanks to all the regulars for coming even in this holiday week!

Here is tonight’s analyses

Board 1
North Deals
None Vul
10 9
A K 2
K J 3
K J 10 9 3
K Q 8 7 6
Q 7 3
Q
A 7 5 4
N
W E
S
A J 5 3 2
10 9 8 6 5
9 2
Q
4
J 4
A 10 8 7 6 5 4
8 6 2

N opens 1NT, E passes and S has a very weak hand with a long D suit. Even though we are not used to transfers to a minor, they exist and this is the perfect time to use one! We will bid 2S ( which is a dead bid since if I had S I would have bid 2H transfer) and we will use it to mean= weak hand in either C or D. the 1NT opener, as always, has to accept the transfer and will bid 3C and now S will either pass it – if he had C – or correct it back to 3D. It is true that the weaker hand will play, but this is better than staying in 1NT.

Board 2
East Deals
N-S Vul
Q J 2
Q J 10 9
Q
A K J 9 4
K 9 8 5
K 8 5
A 8 7 5
6 5
N
W E
S
7 6
A 7 3 2
K J 10 6 4 3
10
A 10 4 3
6 4
9 2
Q 8 7 3 2

E is the dealer and could open 2D but also has a 4card M and we should not preempt with a 4 card major on the side. E should pass and N will end up opening with 1C, E can now bid 1D and S can bid 1S, W should raise to 2D and N now has to find a way to show a strong hand with willingness to play in all the suits but D and the best bid he can make is DOUBLE!= I have points and I have the other suits (since I had already opened, points means well above an opening hand), S will therefore go back and pick Cs.

Board 4
West Deals
Both Vul
4
K Q J 6
A K Q 6
K J 6 5
K 9 7
A 4
9 7 4 3
9 8 7 3
N
W E
S
10 2
7 3
J 10 8 5
A Q 10 4 2
A Q J 8 6 5 3
10 9 8 5 2
2

This was a very wild board and we will try to deal with it as well as we can. N opens 1D and S answers 1S. Now N has to decide which is the smallest lie he can make with that hand. N has 19 pts and therefore has to show extra strength on this 2nd round and could do so by jumping to 2NT showing 18-19pts and a balanced hand, alternatively N could also REVERSE and bid 2H showing 5D and 4H with 16+ pts (I like this option better). If N bids 2H, S now has a hugely distributional hand worth so much more than its HCP equivalent: there is no question that we will go to game but there could easily be a slam. Given our limited tools and the tricky hand I would suggest you just bid as practically as you could and just INVITED the opener to slam by jumping to 5H. The opener has 19pts, a singleton and gorgeous trumps so should definitely accept the slam try and bid 6H.

Board 13
North Deals
Both Vul
6 3
J 10 9 8 7 5
7 5 4 2
6
A K 9 5 4
A 4 2
8 3
J 8 2
N
W E
S
J 8 7
K
K Q 10 6
A K 10 5 4
Q 10 2
Q 6 3
A J 9
Q 9 7 3

E opens 1C, W responds 1S and E bids 2D= 2nd suit is higher than 1st (D>C) and therefore the 2D is a REVERSE showing 5c/4d and 16+pts. At this point W has 2 options: the practical one which is to just bid 3NT – W knows that there is enough for game and has a H stopper; or the more sophisticated bid which is to keep the auction over and try and investigate to see if E could have 3 cards in S since we actually have 5 instead of 4. Problem is that we cannot repeat our S: that would show 6 and weakness, so how do we show that we have points and want to know more from our partner? We bid a NEW SUIT! In this case there is only 1 suit left – HEARTS – and therefore bidding the new suit will be 4TH SUIT FORCING. 4th suit is an artificial bid – may or may not have the HEARTS – that forces the auction to game (and very often shows 5 cards in the 1st suit). At this point E has already told us about 5/4 and will show us having the 3 cards in S next. W will realize that now there is a S fit and bid 4S.

In both cases we will have reached a good game, 4S being superior to 3NT.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, be thankful and joyful 🙂

I will not be directing Newplicate next week as I will be in San Diego playing the Nationals and trying to honor my name, I will post some updates… cheer for me and bring me some much needed luck 😉

See you in two weeks, Giorgia

Newplicate 11/6

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Good morning newplicate aficionados and thank you again for another hugely successful night!
Many of you always ask me – jokingly – when I will get tired of it, when I will run out of patience and so on… and my answer is always the same: never! I really enjoy following all of you in your journey through this amazing game and seeing you improving from day to day: keep it up!

Here is a little analyses of some of yesterday’s boards.

Board 1
North Deals
None Vul
Q 5 4
Q 8 6 2
K 9 8 6 5 2
A J 8 3
K 10 9 7 5 4 2
7 4
   N
W E
   S
6
J 8 6 3
A K 5 3
Q 10 7 3
K 10 9 7 2
A Q
J 10 9
A J 4

This is a very tough board that would not be easy for many: S will be the first one with a decision to make – whether to open 1NT or 1S. I advise you to open 1S (but opening 1NT would be absolutely ok). If S opens 1S, W should overcall with 3H – I know that the suit is not quite good enough but the 109 make it ok and the great distribution also helps a lot. N now has only 7pts but with a H void and so should raise to 3S and E should no doubt raise to 4H knowing that they have an 11 card fit in Hs if nothing else. S now will be tempted to bid 4S with 15pts but too balanced of a hand and too many pts in Hs (where we know our partner is kinda short) and S would do best to pass 4H and end the bidding there. What it is important to take from this hand is the power of a distribution: EW only has 18pts!!! between the 2 of them and can easily end up making 12 tricks in Hs.

Clearly this does not happen all the time, but do not always be so fixated on pts, distribution is way more important!

Board 2
East Deals
N-S Vul
K J 5 4
A K 6 3
6
A K Q 5
Q 3
Q J 10 8 4 2
8 5 4 3
6
N
W E
S
A 10 8 6 2
A Q J 10 2
9 8 3
9 7
9 7 5
K 9 7
J 10 7 4 2

Another tough board to handle that could have gone plenty of different ways. E is dealer with 5S and 5D and 11pts: this should definitely be an opening hand! Let’s not pass because we don’t have the 12pts needed, our distribution definitely makes up for that 1 missing point. So E opens 1S, S passes and W has a dilemma to solve: only 5pts but a nice hand in Hs. Clearly W cannot bid 2H since that will show many more points but I also do not like W passing, yes you only have 5 pts but too good of a hand to pass 1S for sure: if E has 4H you could very easily make 4H even with very few points because of the length in trumps and the distribution – once again we have to look beyond the points – W should therefore respond with 1NT.

Now we get to N who also has a problem to solve with his 20pts, problem that can only be solved by starting with a take out double to show strength in competition. N will double and E will show her 2nd suit and bid 2D. S will now be off the hook and will gladly decline the invitation to answer the double since she only has 4pts. W will probably pass as well having found a 8 card fit in Ds and N will have to try and explain her point again and therefore will have to double again to show a bigger take out double than the first time. S will now have to answer and bid 3C which N should raise to 4C and auction will end there.

 

Board 5
North Deals
N-S Vul
9 7 6 5 4
10 5 4 3 2
Q
7 2
A J 8 3
J 9 6
K 9 6 2
A 5
N
W E
S
K 2
A K Q
A J 10 5
K 10 9 4
Q 10
8 7
8 7 4 3
Q J 8 6 3

E opens 2NT with a simple balanced 20pts hand. W should know right away that the auction will have to end in slam given that she has 13pts (+20 = 33 = slam). W will have to start with stayman though and check for a S fit so W will bid 3C, E will answer 3D to say that she does not have a 4 card major and at this point W should very simply just go ahead and bid 6NT. I know it might seem scary but sometimes bridge makes like easy: do the math and if there is game just bid it or if there is slam just bid it!

 

Board 15
South Deals
N-S Vul
Q J 10 9 6 3
6 4
A J 7 6
6
7 4
K 9 5 2
9
K J 8 5 4 2
N
W E
S
A 5
A 10 7 3
8 5 3 2
10 9 7
K 8 2
Q J 8
K Q 10 4
A Q 3

This board was pretty simple in the bidding, I just want to use it as an example to mention TEXAS Transfers for those of you who do not know them or do not use them very often. S opens 1NT and N has 8pts with 6S and so N knows that there definitely is a S fit ( given that S has to have 2 of them ) and therefore should now upgrade the hand to be worth much more than 8pts given the great 6-4 distribution with a singleton and a doubleton: N definitely has enough for game. When partner opens 1NT and we have 6H or 6S and enough points for game we can use a TEXAS transfer = a transfer directly to the 4 level. So N, instead of bidding 2H and then 4S on the next round, will bid 4H right away – where 4H is a transfer to 4S.

Board 17
North Deals
None Vul
K 9 7
A K Q J 7 6
10
K Q J
Q J 8 5 2
10
A J 8 3 2
6 3
N
W E
S
4 3
9 8 5 2
9 6 5
A 10 5 2
A 10 6
4 3
K Q 7 4
9 8 7 4

Another strong but hard hand to bid. N has 19 gorgeous points with 6H and opens 1H. S has 9pts so plenty to answer but not enough to bid her own suit at the 2 level and so has to respond 1NT. At this point N knows that there is game for sure since S has 6+ pts and we have 19 but does not have a great choice of what to bid next to make sure that S will not pass. If we bid 3H that is too dangerous, S could leave us there. If we bid 4H we shut down the conversation and S could have no Hs at all so 3NT would have been better. If we bid 2NT to show 18/19pts partner could also leave us there. What to do? Let’s make us a JUMP SHIFT! I know that we do not have that 5/4 distribution that is needed for a jump shift but we desperately want our partner to know that this hand is GAME FORCING and this is definitely what a JUMP SHIFT does. As always we can use a minor for a little white lie so N could jump to 3C: 18+ pts, game forcing, at least 5H and 4C. S now knows that they have to go to game and should bid 3NT: N has Hs and Cs, S has Ss and Ds= NT sounds best.

Once again, what I want you to take from this hand is: jump shifts can be very useful when you have a lot of points and want to make sure that your partner does not pass your next bid. Sometimes it is ok to jump shift in a minor where you only have 3 if you do not have a better alternative. The only other bid N could have made in this hand was jumping to 4H right away.

Here is a link to final results page: http://clubresults.acbl.org/Results/232132/2017/11/171106E.HTM

Newplicate 10/30

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Hi everybody, thank you all for coming to another successful night of Newplicate @ Honors Bridge Club! 🙂

Here is the analyses of some of the hands you played, there were a lot of strong hands (slam and almost slam) last night, let’s take a look.

Board 4
West Deals
Both Vul
9 6 5 4
Q J 7 6
6
10 8 5 3
7
A 8 5 4
J 10 7 4
Q 9 7 4
N
W E
S
3 2
9 3 2
A 9 8 3 2
J 6 2
A K Q J 10 8
K 10
K Q 5
A K

S opens 2C having 22+ pts. N answers 2D waiting and S now starts describing his hand by bidding 2S. At this point N knows that the auction MUST end up in game, he has a great S fit, and therefore the best he can do to show a S fit and weakness is to jump to 4S right away. Remember that when we are in a GAME FORCING AUCTION, going to game right away is a close out, while raising only to 3S would describe some extra values (in this case 7/8+ pts). At this point S will probably not have the guts to pass yet with such an amazing hand and might bid 4NT asking for aces, to which N will answer saying he has 0 and S will go back to 5S.

Board 7
South Deals
Both Vul
4
A Q 9 5 4
A K 3 2
K 9 6
Q 10 6 3
J 7
J 8
A J 10 8 5
N
W E
S
A K 9 8 7
10 8 6 3 2
10 9
Q
J 5 2
K
Q 7 6 5 4
7 4 3 2

Here N opens 1H, E overcalls 1S, S passes and W raises the S. If we wanted to bid very simply W could raise to 2S showing 6-9pts, but if we wanted to be a bit more sophisticated then W could also use a CUEBID instead – and bid 2H – to show 10+ pts (yes he only has 9 but he has a 4 card S fit + 2 doubletons that should be worth a small upgrade). In either case N now has a tricky situation to face since he opened, partner did not answer, but letting them have the auction at 2S does not sound right. N therefore could use a MAXIMAL double to tell S that he has extra points (16+) and willingness to play in anything but S. S will definitely pick Ds having 5 of them, but EW might compete up to 3S and NS will probably let it go then.

Board 11
South Deals
None Vul
A J 10 6 4
A K 2
A J 7 5
A
9 7 2
9 8
Q 6 4
Q 10 9 8 5
N
W E
S
Q
Q J 7 4
10 8 3 2
J 6 4 2
K 8 5 3
10 6 5 3
K 9
K 7 3

Another very strong hand by opener. N opens 1S ( just 1 point shy of opening 2C) and S should once again upgrade a bit his hand and jump to 3S to show 10-11 pts ( yes, he only has 9 pts but he has 3 kings, 4 trumps and a doubleoton). At this point N will definitely have to go to slam since he has 21pts + singleton and partner showed 10-11pts. There is not point for N so ask for aces since he has them all (unless we play 1430 instead of blackwood – which we should, add to the list! – and in that case N can ask for keycards and S will show him 1 keycard – the K of S), N therefore could just close his eyes and jump to 6S. Clearly this is not quite a very sophisticated auction, but as we said today… when you know you have enough, just bid it! We will work with time on how to bid better 🙂

Board 13
North Deals
Both Vul
Q 10 4 3 2
8 3
Q 5 4
6 3 2
7
A 5 4 2
6 3 2
A Q 10 9 8
N
W E
S
A K J 8 5
Q 9
A K J 9
K 7
9 6
K J 10 7 6
10 8 7
J 5 4

And yet another very strong hand by opener! E has 21pts and 5 S & 4D just like on the last hand and so he will have to open 1S again. W will answer 1NT since he does not have enough pts to respond with his oen suit at the 2 level and E now has to describe A) shape of the hand and B) strength of the hand: E has to bid diamonds but also has to jump along the way to show a Game Forcing hand and 18+pts (i.e. JUMP SHIFT of 3D). W now knows that they have all the suits covered since he has H and C and so should just go ahead and bid 3NT. E will be tempted to bid higher since that they have such a great hand but unfortunately when W responded 1NT showing up to 10/11pts our dreams of slam vanished a bit since 21+11 in NT is really the only combination that gets us even close to being able of bidding 6NT. E will have to pass partner’s 3NT bid.

Board 17
North Deals
None Vul
Q J 10
9 8 2
9 8 5 3
7 3 2
A 5
Q 6 5 4
A 10 7 2
A K Q
N
W E
S
9 8 4 3 2
A J 10 3
J
10 8 4
K 7 6
K 7
K Q 6 4
J 9 6 5

This time we have a strong hand by overcaller. S opens 1D and W has 19pts and a balanced hand. We have too many pts to overcall 1NT and therefore we have to start by using one of the 2 bids that shows strength in competition (double or cuebid) and we will double 1D. Note that we do not have a kosher take out double since we have a lot of D and not enough S, but we are planning on transforming this take out double into a power double on the next round. N will pass and E will answer with 1S. S will also pass and at this point W will transform the t/o double into a power double by bidding 1NT= any time we double and then convert on the next round we have 17/18+pts, otherwise we would always stick to what partner has suggested. So X and then 1NT+ 18/19pts and a balanced hand. E now will keep describing his hand and will bid 2H to show 5S and 4H, W will raise to 3H since he has a 4card fit and E should bid bid 4H (18/19+ 6 + singleton = definitely game, just to the math!!!

Board 18
East Deals
N-S Vul
K J 7 3 2
7 6
7 4
9 7 6 3
A 10 9 6 5
K Q
K Q 10 8
A 10
N
W E
S
A J 8 4 3 2
A 5
K Q 8 5 2
Q 8 4
10 9 5
J 9 6 3 2
J 4

Here E opens 1H and W has 18 gorgeous points, a very good hand! W will start by saying 1S and E will go back to 2H to show 6 of them. At this point the auction is not too easy since W doesn’t have a way to raise H while force the auction at the same time and things would get messy. W though knows that E has 12-15 pts and all he really cares about is where E stands within the range and so W could simply bid 5H = I am almost at slam, I need you to have a bit more than what you promised me so far. E now will have to decide whether to pass or bid 6H and the choice should be easy if we interpret the 5H bid correctly since we have definitely the top of our range given out 14pts + a 6/5 distribution and a void and so E should definitely bid 6H.

Newplicate 10/23! (and all beginners)

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Hi everybody, as always thank you for coming and for making Newplicate at Honors such a great success! The game keeps growing and it is always an incredibly smooth and fun event to direct. Let’s keep it up 🙂

As I mentioned, from now on you will find the hand analyzes here on my blog, where you will also be able to reply and ask questions.

Board 1
North Deals
None Vul
A J 6 4
Q 9 2
A 10
A K 10 9
A J 10 6 4
Q 9 8 6 4
8 5 3
N
W E
S
10 8 7 5
K 8 7
K 7 5
J 6 4
K Q 9 3 2
5 3
J 3 2
Q 7 2

N has 18pts and a balanced hand, the point count with which we cannot open any amount of NT (1NT= 15-17 and 2NT= 20-21) and therefore we have to open at the 1 level in our best suit and we are planning on jumping to 2NT on the following round to show 18-19 and a balanced hand. In this case our partner responds 1S and at this point we know that we have a S fit so we change our plan and we decide to jump to S rather than NT. We can choose between jumping to 3S or 4S, we have a very balanced hand so 3S seems ok. The bidding goes back to S that does have extra values instead, 8pts + and extra spade, S should definitely bid 4S at this point. REMEBER: if you are the responder and the opener invites you go game by showing 16/18pts, 8+ is good enough to accept the game invitation.

 

Board 9
North Deals
E-W Vul
K 10 9 8 7 6 5
J 7 3
Q 9 7
2
Q 10 8 6 4 2
K Q 10 8
A 5
N
W E
S
A 3
A K
A 9 7 6
K 10 6 4 2
Q J 4
9 5
J 5 4 3 2
J 8 3

N is the dealer and he has a weak hand with 7S. It sounds like N could open 3S, but that would be a bit aggressive given our standard requirements for opening a weak 2 or 3 – 6-10 pts and 2/3 or 3/5 top honors in the suit. N will most likely pass on this first round. E will open 1C and W respond 1H and N now could decide to come in and make life difficult for opponents and jump to 3S – given that we did not open 3S our partner should not expect a stellar hand from us. E now has a pretty difficult bid, he has 18pts and would definitely like to make another bid but there is no obvious option: 3NT seems a bit aggressive with only 1 S stopper and no long and solid suit; X might be the bid of choice in this case to show a lot of points even though we would probably prefer to have 3H for our partner. In this case we are lucky that W has 6H and therefore we will have enough for a fit even if we only have 2 when W goes back to 4H. NOTE: with experience we should definitely be able to reach slam in this hand, but even with experience N’s 3S overcall will make things a bit more difficult for EW.

 

Board 10
East Deals
Both Vul
J
A K Q 5 3
Q 9 4
Q 9 8 2
K 10 9 4
10 9 8
6 2
K J 4 3
N
W E
S
A 8 7 5 3 2
7
A 7 3
10 7 5
Q 6
J 6 4 2
K J 10 8 5
A 6

Assuming that everything passes, N will end up being the dealer ( E again doesn’t have enough honors to open 2S and S could open 1H but is just a bit shy of an opening hand). N will open 1H, E will now overcall 1S or 2S ( both possible options). If E overcalls 1S then S has the perfect hand for a QueBid and bids 2S showing 10+ pts and a H fit. W might raise to 3S having few pts but a very good S hand, but either way N should now raise to 4H having 14pts + a singleton. If E overcalls 2S then life is – as usual after preempts – a bit tougher for S: S has to decide whether to DOWNGRADE the hand and bid only 3H or UPGRADE the hand and bid 3S= still a QueBid but committing NS to game since partner has to go to 4H no matter how many pts he has. I would definitely choose to upgrade the hand given that I have 11 but also 4 trumps (one extra) and 2 doubletons. As it is often the case, hard to find a perfect bid after a preempt.

 

Board 11
South Deals
None Vul
K 9 6 3
A K Q 8 3
6
K Q 2
7 4
9 7 6 2
A 5 4
A 9 7 3
N
W E
S
10 8 5
10 4
Q J 8 7 3
8 6 4
A Q J 2
J 5
K 10 9 2
J 10 5

S opens 1D and N bids 1H and S goes back to 1S. At this point N has a really strong responsive hand: 17pts + a singleton and a great long suit with a lot of As and Ks (controls), so I think that thinking about slam is definitely reasonable. We have very limited means in our slam bidding knowledge so I am perfectly fine if you want to just go ahead and try to bid Blackwood. We will bid 4NT, S will bid 5D showing 1 Ace and N will go back to 5S knowing that they are missing 2 Aces.

 

Board 14
East Deals
None Vul
8 7 4 3 2
10 5
7 4 2
K 8 6
A K J 5
9
A K Q 9
A J 3 2
N
W E
S
Q 10 9 6
K 6 3
J 10 5 3
Q 9
A Q J 8 7 4 2
8 6
10 7 5 4

S opens 3H – a perfect preempt this time – and W once again has a tough hand to deal with. W’s first bid is actually very easy since we have the absolute perfect hand for a take out double of Hs: 4441 with H shortness. N will pass and E will go back to 3S. W now will have some problems since it is very hard to explain how strong of a hand he really has. Ideally W should now QueBid the Hs to show a strong hand with a S fit and therefore bid 4H. E has promised absolutely 0 pts by responding to the take out double, so for W to go to game it takes a very nice hand (with pts and distribution), therefore the Quebid – which is the strongest bid always – W has to have a real huge hand 19/20+pts. Whatever happens next is fine, tough auction for now. 4S is ok as a contract given our means.

 

Have a great week everybody, see you next Mondat at 6pm for another Newplicate Adventure 🙂

Giorgia

Sorry for the absence!

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Hi everybody, sorry for the long absence from the blog (moving is exhausting!) but we are now back to work full time!

Post labur day weekend season marks the start of a lot of new bridge players’ jurneys, I will be teaching a lot of classes at Honors this fall incluing 2 beginner classes, an advanced beginner class and (my favorite!) the marvellous Newplicate on Monday nights.

Teaching bridge is great, but it is even greater to guide new players along the path to become competitive and PASSIONATE duplicate players and help them overcome all the initial fears and insecurities of getting out there and actually play the game!

Newplicate – and then duplicate – is what all bridge players should aim at when they first start their jurney.

My Friday night “young” players program will also restart after a long summer break so send your friends, children or grandchildren to come and learn with us. Evening includes bridge with awesome people in their late twentees and early thirties and a few glasses of wine.

A Game for Old People?

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Bridge is more generally seen by the mass as a game for old people.
How many young bridge players have faced the famous line: “you play bridge? my grandma plays bridge!”

While we cannot deny that at amateur levels bridge is most definitely a game for old people, at more competitive and professional levels this is certainly not true anymore.

The last World Championship, taking place in Lyon, have seen a huge number of young players participate. More and more Nations are deciding to invest in the new bridge generation, giving them the opportunity to travel around the world, compete in prestigeous tournaments and face some of the best players in the world already at fairly young ages.

The next time somebody says that bridge is a game for old people, just show them these pictures representing some of the best players in the world.

43rd World Team Championship – Semi Finals

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The quart finals ended after two long days of intense playing.

In the Open category USA2 survived by defeating the Swedish delegation (193-170), while USA1 was knocked out by Bulgaria in a very close and exciting match (236-229) in which USA1 was leading by 19IMPS before the last 16 boards.
New Zealand also pulled off a big upset, knocking out the Netherlands (194-176).

In the Women’s China, Poland, Sweden and England advanced to the semi finals.

In the Senior’s USA1 was defeated by Italy. After gaining huge advantage up to the 4th segment, the USA then lost 58IMPS in the following 16 boards and did not manage to make up for the lost ground in the last tow legs of the match.
USA2 instead managed to gain the lead in the last 16 hands and pulled off a tough victory against Japan earning a spot in the semi finals.

The Semis are already in play today, two more days of bridge for a total of 96 more boards to play.

The match ups are France – New Zealand and Bulgaria – USA 2 in the Open; England – Sweden and China – Poland in the women; India – Italy and USA2 – Sweden in the Seniors.

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