Mike Yuen — Mike talks about bridge

Simple Pleasures

Last week I played with Brad Bart at the local sectional. He played this hand rather well.

Dealer South. North-South Vulnerable.

I was East and held AKJ7 2 943 Q10543

This was the auction.


West North East South
1NT Pass 2 * DBL
2 Pass 3NT Pass
Pass Pass    


2♣*was stayman.

Brad held the west hand, even though South had doubled my two clubs bid, he shown partnership trust by passing three no-trump.

The opening lead was the queen of diamond. Brad read the hand well and at Trick 11, North was throw in with the nine of diamond, end-played into leading from eight, six of spade into dummy’s jack, seven. Very nice.




Keith DowdallNovember 12th, 2009 at 5:59 am

I dont think 1 nt would get many votes in a bidding contest…

ross taylorNovember 12th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

Hey Michael, Mr. Dowdall has a point – not to mention North’s strange silence after his RHO overcalled 1NT.

Anyway, I presume the game was pairs, and Brad made eleven tricks?

He probably won the first diamond as South likely overtook with the king?

He put the ten of spades on the table and this was covered all around?

He now ran of all his hearts and on the last heart, North came down to two winning diamonds and 8xx of spades?

Brad could then play a spade to dummy, coming down to J7 of spades and 9x of diamonds.

By exiting the nine of diamonds off dummy at trick 10, North can win two diamonds but then must lead a spade away from the 86 at trick 12 yielding eleven tricks for declarer.

Is that what happened Mike? Cheers, Ross

MichaelNovember 16th, 2009 at 8:11 pm

Yes guys, I agree it is not a great hand to blog about and the writing was not my best effort. The point I tried to made was Brad played the hand well given the circumstances.

RT if you click on “Next” at the bottom of the hand diagram, you will see the sequence of play.



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