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.
 

Splinter your way to the top

A Splinter bid is a convention whereby an unusual jump in a side-suit indicates :
 
1. a trump fit (preferably 4)
2. a singleton or void in the bid suit (no king or ace)
3. an interest in slam.
 
On Friday the 20th, both North Bay and Sudbury ran a CBF sponsored STAC Game. Board 19 proved too difficult to bid for all pairs siting North-South, as all failed to bid the lay-down 6 slam. Here is the hand in question with a possible bidding sequence to land you in the optimum spot.
 

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