Mike Yuen — Mike talks about bridge

Bid one more for the road

Generally it is a good idea in competitive auctions to bid one more when both sides had found a fit. Here is an example.

Susan (west) playing with Kiz (east) competed over their oppents’ 4  with 4NT-takeout for the minors, landed in 5DBL! With careful play Kiz made eleven tricks for plus 750.

You can click on the “next” to see the play.



At the other table, Barbara (south) playing with Joan (north) over oppents’ 5  competed to 5♠.

Joan in 5 made eleven tricks for plus 650. Double game swing, the team won a total of 16 imps on this broad.



So next time defend only with balance hands.


Pamela NisbetAugust 20th, 2009 at 10:21 pm

Michael: Are you saying that I should bid 6Diamonds on this hand? please note that we were in the 5Diam contract but were unlucky ( if one can use this term) to not be doubled and allowed to play there ??

Please advise.

Barb ClintonAugust 21st, 2009 at 12:06 am

I think I as south bid 5 Spades, not Joan

MichaelAugust 21st, 2009 at 2:36 am

Pamela you didn’t pass 4S, you did the right thing and competed with 4NT, pushed them to the 5 level. You forced them to make the last guess, that is winning bridge.

You asked if you should bid to 6D? That depends on total tricks/trump situation. If your side has more trumps then bid on. As far as you know your side have 9 or 10 trumps. Otherwise the sacrifice can be expensive.

I will let the Koach have the last word.

MichaelAugust 21st, 2009 at 10:02 pm

Thanks Barb, have made the correction.

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