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For bridge hands of interest

Testing hand offers multiple choice

Your partner opens 1H. Decide how you should reply with the following:

NORTH
 T
 Q986
 AQJ2
 K432

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Heartfelt gift

When your hand contains a long, strong suit (or suits), it is generally better to value your hand by counting your playing tricks (the number of tricks you expect to make with your long suit as trumps) rather than high card points. How strong is the South hand below?

NORTH
 KQ543
 62
 542
 543

SOUTH (you)
 A
 AKJT9873
 3
 A76

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Read that lead

East opened 1D and you, South, made a weak jump overcall to 2S. West ventured 3H, raised to 4H by East. Your partner leads the D5 which goes to your DT and declarer's DA. Declarer cashes the CA then plays a trump and your partner, North, wins with the HA then switches to the SK. How should you defend?

    NORTH
WEST          EAST (dummy)
              
 652
              
 KQJ
              
 KJ43
              
 KQ2
   SOUTH (you)
   
 AQT987
   
 43
   
 T82
   
 J9

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Heartfelt blockage

Newer players are notorious for getting "stuck in the wrong hand" with, for example, the lead in hand and no way to get the lead to dummy where all the winners are. We are taught to avoid this by cashing winners "high from the shorter holding", so as to finish up in the hand with the length in the suit so we can continue playing it, as here:

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Tune in and turn on...

A hand from a Trumps duplicate caused difficulties in both bidding and play. See how you would have fared.

With both sides vulnerable, you are dealer with the following hand:

NORTH
 86
 Q76543
 76
 A86

The heart suit is a little thin for a weak two, so you pass. Partner opens 1C, you respond 1H, and partner rebids 2D. This is a "reverse" - a new suit higher than rebidding the opened suit, promising over 16 points and forcing for one round. You rebid 2H to show the extra length.

Now partner bids 3D. Your call?

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Flair without finesse

On the hand below, South was in a 6S contract and had to find the best line to avoid two losers. Plan your play after West leads the Queen of hearts.

          NORTH
          
 KJT9
          
 762
          
 AQ
          
 6543
WEST                 EAST
 43                  52
 QJT                 93
 T7543               KJ986
 KJT                 9872
          SOUTH
          
 AQ876
          
 AK854
          
 2
          
 AQ

 

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