Mike Yuen — Mike talks about bridge

It was a good idea at the time!

In the Australian National Open Teams semi-finals. Noble (B Noble, G Bilski, I Del’Monte, A Bach, J Lall, J Grue) vs Newman
(P Newman, M Thomson, N Van Jole, A Braithwaite, D Beauchamp)

Newman won the match 145-129. This board helped their effort.

Vulnerable and with a passed partner, Bach over call North’s one no-trump with two clubs for the majors.

Del.Monte Held   10  104  Q109432  J954 bid two hearts. Thompson in the passout seat protected with double. Soon after Del’Monte was playing in two hearts doubled. Went down five for -1400.

There was no play record at the other table. North-South played in two hearts, made 10 tricks for +170.

Newman won 15 imps and the match.


Newman will meet Klinger (R Klinger, M Mullamphy, A De Livera, I Robinson, B Jacobs, B Thompson) in the final.

More New Year celebrations.

Lion Dance.






“This little piggy went to market.”


Tangerines and oranges-symbol of good luck and wealth.





Barry RigalJanuary 28th, 2012 at 10:53 pm

E/W were at fault for not having the right agreements to reach diamonds here. I could tell you but then I’d have to kill you….


MichaelJanuary 29th, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Hey Barry, We are all dying to know your secret….pray tell…


Steven GaynorJanuary 30th, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Perhaps you play something complicated like 2D over the X says that our diamond fit rates to be better than either of our major suit fits – pass or correct.

Barry RigalJanuary 31st, 2012 at 6:06 pm


Close….I leave it to y’all to work out but obviously advancer (the partner of the overcaller) has three actions — pass, 2D and xx on hands where he doesn’t want to pick a major. He needs to deal with hands where he knows where he wants to play (clubs diamonds) and hands where he wants to suggest a final destination. That’s four sequences and three bids so he cant both insist and suggest clubs. But you can take it from there!

Bobby WolffFebruary 7th, 2012 at 4:16 pm

To all,

This adventure amid complications which suggests West bidding 2 diamonds, just because he had a 6 card suit, and not obediently following partner’s suggestion resulting in -1400 belongs in the 23rd century and obviously we must await that free from bridge logic time before we may even consider offering such a thing.

Viva -1400, it will toughen us up!

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