ALERT

Sudbury Bridge Club AGM
Note that the AGM date has changed to April 28th 2015, at 18.30 at the Club on Elm Street.

The Diamond Option

Playing in 6, South won the opening spade lead, drew three rounds of trumps and discarded his diamond loser on the A. Unfortunately the clubs broke badly, and South had to lose two club tricks. Down one.

A4
AJ8
T752
KT73
JT832
653
Q983
9
Q9765
94
64
QJ86
K
KQT72
AKJ
A542

South misplayed the hand.  He should discard a club on the A and try the diamond finesse. Even though the diamond finesse loses, South can clear the Ace and King of diamonds and discard a second club on the ten of diamonds.. South wins 5 hearts, 2 spades, 3 diamonds and 2 clubs.

Lead-directing Doubles

When South opens 1, North can describe his hand best by a Bergen mixed raise (artificial and forcing). Now East must be able to double that artificial club bid as lead-directional if he wants to prevent North-South from recording +170 or 620+ in hearts.
 
Check board 7 of the ACBL-Wide Seniors Pairs :
 

Q962
Q873
T4
K98
JT85
4
J9865
J53
743
T5
AKQ
AQT76
AK
AKJ962
732
42

SouthWestNorthEast
1Pass31Pass
4PassPassPass

1. Mixed raise in hearts (4-card support with 8-10 playing points)
 

Risk-Aversion

On Monday, March 2nd, the North Bay Duplicate Bridge Club participated in the ACBL-Wide Seniors Pairs Game.
 
At Board 1, you have an immediate important decision to make.  Which choice would you make playing in 3NT?
 
A. Take a sure 430 or
B. Take an extra chance to make another overtrick and 460.
 

THE HALO EFFECT

Ever wonder why certain players always seem to do better than others. They win or place on a consistent basis, while you languish in the middle or bottom tier. In fact you tend to be intimidated by their stature or knowledge or ability.
 

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