Bridge: January 22, 2022

The “Simple Saturday” columns cover basic technique and logical thinking.

South’s hand today is worth the second bid of two and two thirds of the club. One weak area of ​​”Standard” bidding is the constant variability of openers. South can jump to three clubs, pressing the match and risk getting too high if North’s hand is weak, or bid two clubs and languish there when North comes through with enough strength for the match.


South chose the bold path, but he didn’t make five clubs. West led three diamond rounds, and Nam ruffled and sucked the trump card. Next, he grabbed an AK and knocked down a spade. When East eliminated, Nam was unable to set and draw his fifth spade; he finally has a loser in his heart.

Nam has to delay drawing the trump card. He just takes the trump card at Trick Four, then cashes the top spades and hits a spade with ten of the dummy. He took an ace in his hand, struck a spade, put an ace in his hand and took the fifth spade, raising the dummy’s heart. Dummy is high.


You hold: S 9 4 HKQ 8 5 2 DQ 8 7 3 C 9 7. Your partner opens a spade, you answer 1NT and he bids two diamonds. What did you say?

ANSWER: Since a partner can have up to 18 high card points (see today’s South hand), you might be right to raise three diamonds. But then the partner can continue on a poor contract when he has 15 or 16 points, expecting a better hand for your raise. Overcome. The odds suggest you need to stay low.

Southern agent

NS is vulnerable


S 6 3


DJ 5 2

C 10 6 5 4 3 2


SQ 10 8 7

H 10 7 6 3

DAK 9 4

C 8


S 9 4

HKQ 8 5 2

DQ 8 7 3

C 9 7


SAKJ 5 2

H 9 4

D 10 6


Southwest Northeast
1 S Pass 1 NT Pass
3 C Overcoming 4 C.
5 C All Pass

Prologue – DK

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Huynh Nguyen

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