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... and the one after that ..

Vil's Tips - Mon, 14/06/2021 - 9:09am

Vil says .. Hi, hope you’re up for another ‘progressive’ exercise. This time it is a match point session.
You are South and hold the following hand:

5852KQ63KQT95

At favourable vulnerability you pass as dealer. West passes and partner opens 1NT (12-14). East bids 2S. No alert. You do not play Lebensohl or anything fancy in this situation. Your bid?

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What & Why (13)

Vil's Tips - Sat, 12/06/2021 - 7:30pm

The following deal occurred recently, and provided a very interesting bidding exercise which was presented to our panel as a progressive exercise, starting with the following bidding problem: In a teams match, your partner opens 1S and this is the hand that you have been dealt.
4AQ92JAKQJT83

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The Next Problem ...

Vil's Tips - Tue, 08/06/2021 - 12:27pm

This will be a progressive problem, so answers to villyn@xtra.co.nz as quickly as possible please. The next question will then come depending on your answers to the earlier one.

Teams all vul. Partner opens 1S as dealer. What will be your bid holding:

5AQ72JAKQJT82

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What & Why (12)

Vil's Tips - Tue, 08/06/2021 - 12:17pm

This week we have some TEAMS play questions.

1. Teams: Dealer North All vul
52T52K7543Q63

You are SOUTH.
The bidding has been:
SouthWestNorthEast--11?

What do you bid and why? Let’s take a look at them now that we have some potential answers.

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What & Why (11)

Vil's Tips - Thu, 03/06/2021 - 4:47pm

This week we have some TEAMS play questions.

1. Teams: Dealer North All vul
52T52K7543Q63

You are SOUTH.
The bidding has been:
SouthWestNorthEast--11?

What do you bid and why?

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What & Why (10)

Vil's Tips - Tue, 01/06/2021 - 7:16pm

Some more What and Why, this time all from a match point session. Thanks to our panel, here are some answers.

1. Match Points Dealer South NS vul.
AQJ38T7532AK5

You are SOUTH
The bidding has been:
SouthWestNorthEast1Pass1Pass1Pass3Pass?

What do you bid and why?

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What & Why (09)

Vil's Tips - Mon, 31/05/2021 - 6:48pm

Some more What and Why, this time all from a match point session.

1. Match Points Dealer South NS vul.
AQJ38T7532AK5

You are SOUTH
The bidding has been:
SouthWestNorthEast1Pass1Pass1Pass3Pass?

What do you bid and why?

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Wednesday Play at The Hutt (22)

Vil's Tips - Thu, 27/05/2021 - 1:07pm

Why are some slams so difficult to bid, even when a grand slam should be easy enough. This one was bid only once in this session, and a very modest 6C yielded a 100% result for the pair that did manage to bid to the small slam.

Board 7 from Wednesday 26/05/2021
Dealer S All Vul
AKQ986A6KJ543QJ632J32T7576KT985475KQ949A7T4J832AQT82

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What & Why (08)

Vil's Tips - Tue, 25/05/2021 - 5:04pm

Let me now show you the full deal and decide whether Deep Finesse can teach us anything about defence or not. When you do look at the following deal you may well raise some pertinent questions, like why did East open 5D and how, in a more sophisticated teams match, the bidding might have proceeded. But in real life you do not have the means to check out the pedigree of the opponents and have to take their bidding at face value. I suspect that the end result might well have been 5D doubled but not until EW had bid to 4H and NS to 4S. That might have made a difference to the defence, but let’s look at the what actually happened at the time, because things do happen at the table that may not happen in theory.

1. Teams. Dealer East all vul.

J6532665J854KT7QT8758K976QAJ4AKQT9732TA984K932JA762

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What & Why (07)

Vil's Tips - Sun, 23/05/2021 - 8:37pm

You have now made your bid and opening lead. Next, see Q3 below.

1. Teams. You are SOUTH. Dealer East all vul

A984K932JA762

East opens 5D. What do you bid?
Do you a) PASS or b) DOUBLE

Then 2. What do lead and Why?

3. This is what you then see in dummy

KT7QT8758K973

Do you regret your opening lead?
If you led the SA, partner would have followed with the S2 and declarer the SQ.
If you led the CA, partner would have played the 8 (standard signals).
If you led a low heart, bad luck but you have another chance after SA or CA. What then?
If you led the DJ are you still hopeful and why?

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Vil's Tips - Sun, 23/05/2021 - 8:07pm

This will be a progressive exercise. When each question has been answered we will move on to the next.

1. Teams. Dealer East all vul.

A984K932JA762

You are SOUTH.
The dealer East to your right opens 5D. What do you bid?

Do you a) PASS or b) DOUBLE

Then 2.
What do you lead and Why?

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What & Why (05)

Vil's Tips - Wed, 19/05/2021 - 11:14am

How did you get on planning your play in 6NT? It was not the best slam to be in, but there are some very interesting lessons to be learnt when we go through the play the way it should have developed. Against West’s 6NT North leads the four of hearts. How did YOU plan your play? Let me show you the full deal so we can follow how and why the play should have proceeded.

K93J974T842J6AQ62KQ5K9Q973J875A862AJ7AKT4T3Q653T8542

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What & Why (04)

Vil's Tips - Sat, 15/05/2021 - 7:55am

Now for some answers to some of the questions from last time. Le’s look at the hands again

AQ62KQ5K9Q973J875A862AJ7AK

3. If you are in 4S, does it matter much if you are playing teams, and how would you play the suit?

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What & Why (03)

Vil's Tips - Thu, 13/05/2021 - 2:46pm

First up: your homework. You are West and it is teams. You opened 1C, 1H from partner and you rebid 1NT (15-17). Partner calls 6NT.

AQ62KQ5K9Q973J875A862AJ7AK

Here are the questions, all relating to the spade suit:
Please be specific re your play: what do you lead from which hand and what then.

1. If you have landed up in 7S (or 7NT) how do you play the spade suit?
2. If you are in 6S in a teams match, how do you play the spade suit?
3. If you are in 4S, does it matter much if you are playing teams, and how would you play the suit?
4. In 4S in a club session, how would you play the suit?
5. In 3NT in a club session, how would you play the whole hand given the four of hearts lead?

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Vil's Views on Syching

Vil's Tips - Mon, 10/05/2021 - 9:41am

Friday Psyche
The bidding on this hand, played on a recent Friday afternoon, has been brought to my attention - with a query as to what I would do as the Director if I were called to the table after the hand was played.

Board 12 Dealer W NS Vul
J972T8762A52KT53AK4QJTJ943A645398743875KQ8QJ9K6AQT62

This was the auction:
SouthWestNorthEast-PassPassPass1Pass1111NTPassPassPass
1. (!!)

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What & Why (02)

Vil's Tips - Fri, 07/05/2021 - 2:23pm

First up - some answers to What & Why (01):

1. Match Points Dealer East all vul
AKQJT78743A76

You are SOUTH. Playing at match points East opens 1NT. What do you bid?

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What & Why (01)

Vil's Tips - Thu, 29/04/2021 - 3:12pm

Welcome to What&Why. This series is for IMPROVERS. Most of the questions and answers will be aimed at players who are playing at Intermediate or Open level or in the upper grades of club play.

The questions arise from actual play that readers may have taken part in. The first ‘chapters’ will cover more than just a few things that we can all learn from. Apart from No.1, they all come from just one deal sent to me by my correspondent John from the Franklin club. It is quite amazing that so many things can come up in just one deal, as you will see when you take part in this series.

1. Match Points Dealer East all vul
AKQJT78743A76

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Wednesday Play at The Hutt (21)

Vil's Tips - Tue, 27/04/2021 - 4:52pm

From last week, a couple of suggestions from readers.

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Wednesday Play at The Hutt (20)

Vil's Tips - Thu, 22/04/2021 - 6:11pm

Here is a tricky little puzzle for all readers who play on Wednesdays. It is a problem that I can not solve without input from readers and players.

Board 13 from Wednesday 21/04/21
Dealer N All Vul
T65QT762J54T3QJ7AJ5A73J9654329QT92KQ874AK98K843K86A2

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Wednesday Play at The Hutt (19)

Vil's Tips - Fri, 16/04/2021 - 10:14am

Time to go back to defence and to signalling. Last Wednesday's X-Clubs Board 15 involves very basic signalling for the defenders. No guesswork at all should be involved, but even so almost half the NS pairs allowed East to make one more trick than East should have made as declarer.

Board 15 from Wednesday 14/04/2021
Dealer S NS Vul
7542T8JT6Q964AK8662A984753JAKQJ97547JT2QT933KQ532AK8

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