Let’s comment this bridge hand that I recently played with a random partner on BBO.This is an example of how you should not bid:
- 1NT is wrong, because only 14 HP and a bad hand without aces. You should have at least 15. If you really like 14 you should have something like A, A, K, K and at least a couple of T
- The take out double over 2 ♥ is completely wrong. At this point in order to double again you should have something like this:
♠ A Q J 2
♥ 6 5
♦ K J 7 6
♣ A Q 9 7
- The final double is the apotheosis of the disaster. With partner not promising any point this guy doubles. Eventually it would have been East player to double with at least 4-5 HP in the hand.
What else can we note about this hand? It is the bidding of East of 2 ♠ . As you can see the suit is composed by only 3 cards. That’s absolutely acceptable and it’s the best bid you can do at this stage. Consider that you are assuming your partner to have 4 spades cards, otherwise he cannot double the second time.
The funny part (but I will not report her the chat) is that partner after the disaster started to yell me arguing about the 2 ♠ bid with only ♠ 7 5 4
If someone starts to yell to you while playing bridge just ignore, everybody will understand who is the real idiot. You do not need to proof anything to anybody, just keep calm, blacklist the player and start with a new partner next time. In any case to play bridge should be a pleasure.
And now an example of people who do not think 1 second to the game plan:
What can we note about this hand?
- 3 ♣ opening bid is a questionable bid. When vulnerable and in first position you should pass the hand.
- By the way it sorted out a great effect. In South I immediately understood that opponents would easily play 4 ♥ or 4 ♠ . So I decided to jump directly to 5 ♣ with 3 ♣ cards fit and 7 closed diamonds
- And when East led with the singleton there was the possibility to realize 13 tricks, but Nord did not do any plan, just on the fly called a low diamond from dummy and then realized could not run the club finesse!
- This contract could not be defeated but Nord found the way to miss it.
- When you play bridge these are costly mistakes that can be preempted with no effort just thinking some more seconds.
In a competition, to miss a contract like this could cost you 25 MP with only 1 mistake. The secret of playing bridge is to always be focused on what you are doing, on what your opponents are doing and act accordingly.
We’ll come back very soon with new hands to comment that I played or form important championships.
If you have any comments. Please post below and I will reply back very soon!
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