Mike Yuen — Mike talks about bridge

Team Garrincha

Susan, Maurice, Dan, Josef, Pony and Michael.

Susan, Maurice, Dan, Josef, Pony and Michael.

It was a lot of fun playing in the Transnational Teams with my friends. We got to play with and against many world champions. The competition was of high standard and the atmosphere was congenial.

Lead directing doubles can be effective when used in the right circumstances. This time our opponent’s lead directing double, created a swing, came back to haunt them.

Round 5 of the Transnational Teams. Board 20. Dealer west. All vulnerable.


West Pony East Michael
AQ6 95
8 AQ104
KQJ52 A1076
AJ98 Q104



West North East South
1 Pass 1 Pass
2 Pass 2 * DBL
RDBL Pass 3 Pass
4 Pass 4NT Pass
5 Pass 5 Pass
6 Pass Pass Pass


2♠ – 4th suit game force. 4♦ – RKC ask in diamond. 4NT – 2 key cards in diamond without the queen.  5 – King ask. 5  – no king.

These were the hands.


Dealer: West

Vul: All

West Pony East Michael.
AQ6 95
8 AQ104
KQJ52 A1076
AJ98 Q104


South’s double of 2 spades told Pony where the King of spade was. She went slam shopping. After checking for key cards, settled in the small diamond slam. 

The lead was the spade seven. As you can see with the club king onside there was nothing to the play, making seven for +1390. At the other table our opponents settled in 3NT making all the tricks for +720. We won 11 Imps and with that we won the match 16-14 VP.

1 Comment

Dave (mojo) SmithSeptember 27th, 2009 at 4:05 am

The queen of spades was like an ace – nice bidding.

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