Mike Yuen — Mike talks about bridge

Gunning for Greatness!

After playing this game for a while you may have noticed most Bridge players are all a little nuts. There is a fine line between brilliancy and lunacy. Take this exchange between Duncan Smith of Victoria BC Canada and moi Saturday at the Sidney Sectional tournament.


Pairs. I was East and Resident Genius was North.

Dlr: West

Vul: None

The auction:

All Pass

After two passes I opened with 1 , my partner’s 2 was Reverse Drury inviting game with Spade support. Without a break in tempo Duncan was right there with 2 His four card suit! I counter with 3 to give partner his turn for greatness. 

With a heart lead all one can make is nine tricks in three Spades, thanks to Duncan’s brilliant 2 overcall!

Resident Genius

All those mere mortals that overcall with their seven card Diamond suit got their partners to lead the Ace of Diamonds, some letting the game through with an over trick. Others that didn’t overcall with the North hand also let the game made as South led a high club.


Guy CoutancheApril 3rd, 2017 at 7:42 pm

Great story and write-up, Michael. I’ve recommended that our TB blog site post a link to this so all can enjoy!

Mike YuenApril 7th, 2017 at 5:15 pm

Thanks Lucky Guy, please feel free to do so and share.


LarryApril 7th, 2017 at 2:36 pm

Nice post.

I think I would open the North hand with 1H, or jump Overcall 3D = Roman: 4H and longer diamonds. Would partner pass, or bid 4H? Lead, if on defense is tricky for south.

Mike YuenApril 7th, 2017 at 5:18 pm

If you open then I may just bid 4S.

Allan SimonApril 15th, 2017 at 11:28 pm

Why didn’t your partner bid 3NT? seems obvious on the bidding.

Mike YuenApril 17th, 2017 at 4:35 pm

Well spotted Allan.

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