Jim Kaplan
“Do we hafta learn yet another obscure bidding convention?” people ask. No, but knowledge is power, and some of these bidding tools can help you.
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Paul Laliberte
Consider the following hand, with South dealing and both sides vulnerable:
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Jim Kaplan
Here’s a suggested summer read: Barbara’s Bridge Tips by Barbara Seagram (Master Point Press).
Bridge column
Jim Kaplan
Let’s face it: the least desirable game contract is five of a minor.
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Here are some more bidding questions:

Q. 1—Sitting South, with East dealing and no one vulnerable, you hold:

♠️ 6
♥️ 10 7
♦️ A Q J 10 6
♣️ A K Q 3 2

East opens 4♠️. What do you bid?

A.—4NT. This is not an ace-asking bid but one that shows a two-suited hand. Partner should respond in the lowest suit that has at least three-card support. More often than not, 4NT will advertise both minors. Hearts and a minor are not beyond the realm of possibility.

Here are some bidding tips:

Q. 1 — Sitting South and dealing, with no one vulnerable, you hold:

♠️ K 8
♥️ A 10 9 4
♦️ A J 6 4 3
♣️ K 4

What do you bid?

A. — 1NT. Many players are reluctant to open 1NT with two doubletons. But look what happens if you open 1♦️ and partner responds 1♠️. You aren’t strong enough (16+ high-card points) to reverse into 2♥️. And rebidding 1NT should show 12-14 HCP; you have 15. An opening bid of 1NT best describes your holding.

It’s one of the worst feelings in bridge. Your partner has opened the bidding, the next player passes, and you have an opening hand yourself. The problem is, you can’t figure a way to game for the life of you.

Take Board Three at the Edgartown Bridge Club on July 28. South was dealing, with East-West vulnerable:

                              ♠️ A K 7 4 3
                              ♥️ K J 8
                              ♦️ J 10 3
                              ♣️ 5 2

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We began the season on June 30,with six tables ably directed by Eric Stricoff. As is the case in every bridge game, there was much to talk about in the play.
On Board 24 West was dealing, with no one vulnerable:



This is my last bridge column of the season. Have a great winter and play plenty of bridge!
When opponents give you some information unwisely, make the most of it.