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  • I think that the relevant law is: LAW 48 - EXPOSURE OF DECLARER’S CARDS A. Declarer Exposes a Card Declarer is not subject to restriction for exposing a card (but see Law 45C2), and no card of declarer’s or dummy’s hand ever becomes a penalty card. …
  • Although both hands are shapely they both have a significant weakness - with only 10 HCPs each they both have six of those points in the short suits. Conversely they have very few points in the five and six-card suits. The AQ of diamonds in the firs…
  • Yes, reading this article, Barnard Magee is advocating that "when responding to 5NT with 2 kings, one bids either 6NT or the Grand Slam itself". I have to say that the methods suggested in the article are not mainstream and you should agree things c…
  • I have sent you a message with my solution.
  • Yes 100% forcing. 4D confirms diamonds as trumps and invites partner to start cue-bidding. If instead of bibbing 4D, south had bid 5D this would have shown a weaker hand.
  • You are too strong to pass and hope that partner protects with a double (a "trap pass"). Partner is likely to be rather weak and if you pass you are likely defending 1H and whilst you would expect to defeat 1H, it may not be adequate compensation fo…
  • I have no experience of this software. Is it one particular hand it passes? Or does it pass all 4333 12-point hands? I'm guessing it is one particular hand. The method of counting points (4 for an ace, 3 for a king etc) is a tool to help us value br…
  • I am not a director, but a few questions come to my mind:  - You state "Teams of Four" in the title. Was the "previous table" your teammates? and/or teammates of your opponents? - If it was not either of your teammates, had they your teammates alrea…
  • The first question is what bids do you have available? There are various ways of playing an Unusual NT (UNT), but in the most usual method the bid shows the two lowest unbid suits (in this case clubs and hearts). If you play this method you will not…
  • The simple fact is that pre-empts work. That's why we bid them. I don't think that you have an easy choice. Although you have 15 HCPs, your hand is very balanced with no ruffing potential and no long suits to establish. Your playing strength is not …
  • I presume that this is intended as a double-dummy play problem?! In which case, I have got it! :) I won't spoil it for others by giving the answer here,
  • Did you call the director? Did the director determine that your opponents' agreement was to play strong jump overcalls and that LHO had mis-bid? If so, did the director explain his/her reason for ruling that their agreement is to play strong jump ov…
  • You have correctly identified two main possibilities if a player’s bid does not correspond to his partner’s explanation of the bid:• The player has forgotten the system and made a bid which is not in accordance with the system (a Mis-Bid).• The play…
  • Most beginners text books will explain how bridge scores are calculated. It is worth spending a little time to understand the scoring as you can then make the best decisions. You state "So the game contract doubled scores the second least points". W…
  • Hi Clare. I have never come across this bid and I am a little confused by it. Are you suggesting that your opponent is showing a three-suited hand, short in spades? e.g. 4441 shape with a singleton spade? Do they play the bid as forcing? It feels a …
  • This is something that you need to agree with your partner. I would certainly discuss how we play low level competitive doubles with a new partner as one of my priority discussions. There are a number of possiblities:  - Penalty double. I think that…
  • A playing trick is a method of hand valuation - generally most applicable to strong hands. Traditionally, one method for assessing the suitability of a hand for a strong Acol two bid is to use Playing Tricks - with an expectation of "at least 8 play…
  • It would help if you give the exact auction. For example there is a difference between:(1) 1H, 2H; 3H, 4H  - This is a hesitant auction, where neither opponent seems to have anything to spare and I would try to find a passive lead.(2) 2H (weak), 4H …
    in Leads Comment by Tramticket August 2016
  • Terrence - makes some good points. The key to good slam bidding is to establish a forcing auction early. I have often advised partnerships that they should spend time discussing and agreeing which bids are forcing, rather than discussing additional …
  • One way of looking at a bridge auction is to think of it as a “conversation” between two partners in order to reach the best contract. Using this analogy, the bidding system used is like a language, the bids and sequences of bids are like words and …
  • Pre-empts are meant to cause us difficulties - that is why our opponents bid them.The North hand is a little light on values and many will pass. One principle you should consider, when defending against a pre-empt is that the defender short in the o…
    in Bidding Comment by Tramticket June 2016
  • You only need to announce "Stayman" - but should describe it as "Non-promissory Stayman" if asked by an opponent.Blue Book 4.E.2: "...  Stayman is announced whether or not it shows a four card major"
    in Transfers Comment by Tramticket May 2016
  • I'm not a director, but the system described looks legal at level 4 to me. I'm not a fan of including a balanced 18-19 in your 2C bid - that looks too low to me and you might be left in some horrid 2NT contracts. (See my comments on stanfs thread).
  • Colleen, there are various possibilities, but most players, who use transfers in four suits, show a balanced 11/12 by bidding 2C Stayman and following up with a 2NT bid over any response. Note that if you use this approach, your Stayman doesn't pro…
    in Transfers Comment by Tramticket May 2016
  • Let me start with "18-19 balance" option. I dislike this. Many who play Benji include a balanced hand in their 2C bid. They might, for instance, play a 2NT opening as 20-21, 2C followed by 2NT as 22-23 and 2D followed by 2NT as 24-25. But I can't se…
  • Note that a weakness takeout can be made on any weak hand - there is no minimum (so your 6-10 is incorrect). With zero points and an unbalanced hand, you are probably best to play in your longest suit if you can do so at the two level. Similarly, if…
  • If you are currently using a weak take-out for 11 point hands, then you are probably too strong.11 points with a five-card suit suggests the values to invite game. If you have a five-card minor then you are usually best to invite game in no trumps -…
  • There are three possibilities: - Penalty - this would be considered 'standard' if undiscussed. - Values for a raise to 2NT - this will probably because 2NT is Lebensohl or similar. - Take out - my preferred option. Don't forget that the opponent…
  • I am amazed by the comment that the Acol 4NT has served you well on several occasions. I have never held a suitable hand! But that's why I go under the name Tramtickets! ☺
  • I must offer a sincere apology. When I first came across this thread in November, I hadn't seen the hand. I thought that something must be missing from the opening post and people were adding jokey comments. So I added my own (not very funny) commen…