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166      Don’t draw trumps if you need ruffs.

The Dummy Reversal.

Talking Garbage – the sequence 1NT - 2 - 2 - 2/ is not alertable.

Sandwich NoTrump – 1NT can be the UNT if between two bidding opponents.

What’s alertable? Some club rules and what’s alertable at this club.

A nice pre-empt – take suit ‘body’ and vulnerability into account.

An Inverted Minor – with 953 104 A98 QJ1098 raise 1 to 3.

Garbage Stayman – with A982 Q108 76432 7 bid 2 over partner’s 1NT.

A nice negative double sequence – A J85432 987 653: 1 2(overcall) dbl.

Passed out twice – 75 AJ86 Q105 AQ97 (5NT is making).

A forcing pass –if your side open 2 and the opponents intervene, then pass is forcing.

Not a 2 opener? K AJ7653 AK10 AQ7 is not worth 2 followed by a bid.

167      Adjusted scores – if you play a hand with 14 cards you will score zero

A ‘Short’ – or a psyche? Don’t open 1 with K1062 AJ5 AJ984 10

‘Afraid’ of the ‘short’ ? In response to 4th suit show a stopper with NT rather than length.

Can I rebid a 5 card major? – sometimes.

1 - 1 - 3, 3 is a splinter agreeing ’s, is it game forcing or not?

Total Garbage – don’t bid Staymam with Q9 AJ32 10652 962

2 - 2 - 3, 3 is a solid suit. It sets trumps and asks partner to cue bid.

Partner opens 1 and RHO overcalls 1. You have AQJ84 1054 852 32 – pass!

168      With a stop in the opponent’s suit, bid No Trump!

Balancing. 1 pass pass to you with – Q64 J964 AQ10 1076

169      Obey the Law – raise partner’s 2 opening to 4 with J64 10873 A432 Q4

            Who should bid 4? 1 - 1NT - 3 - ? with A5 9732 J54 A543

Pass partner’s 1 with a singleton? – 5 97532 1093 A762

The problems with the sequence 1 - 1NT - 2NT (and how to avoid them).

RONF – A raise to the three level of partner’s weak 2/ is weak.

Overcall a 1 opening with 1NT holding KQ54 QJ5 AQJ73 3 – I like it.

‘Afraid’ of partner’s ‘short’ ? K6 98 AQ843 10984  p,  p,  1♣, 2, ?

Rebid a 5 card suit? AKQJ8 is certainly rebidable.

170      Go for the penalty -  playing negative doubles pass and partner will double.

            Don’t bid your hand 3 times – with 95 AJ652 84 AK94 overcall 1 then pass.

Double of 1 shows ’s. Do not double 1 with 42 5 AK652 AKQ95

Hold up – three examples of hold up play (by declarer and defender).

When partner does not re-open with a double – 1 dbl pass pass 3 is a very big hand.

Respond up-the-line or Walsh? 1 - 1 - 2NT may be a problem if you don’t play Walsh.

Which slam – with 30 points and a 5-4 fit, think about 6 (not 6NT).

Which slam – 1 - 1 - 4 is a huge hand. It is not shut-out or fast arrival.

No need to think – if you have a signalling system. HELD or upside down attitude.

171      Open 1NT with a 5 card major? pt 1 –  AK954 K43 AQ6 J3

Which slam? pt 1 – with just 30 pts a 5-4 fit is better than 6NT.

Which slam? pt 2 – 1 - 1 - 4 shows a huge hand.

With a long minor – AQJ109763 – think (or get partner to think) 3NT.

The automatic re-opening double - 1 2 pass pass ? with Q109853 42 J10 AKQ.

A 2 opener? With AQ10965 - - KQ109873 what do you open?

Respond to 2NT? Partner opens 2NT and you have 983 J1075 Q9874 5.

Open 1NT with a 5 card major? pt 2 –  J8 AQJ53 QJ4 A83.

172      What sort of jump shift?   A7 K104 KJ654Q6 K92 is not worth 2 opposite 1.

Bid 3NT opposite a (1) 1NT overcall with Q98 7 107 AQJ964.

What’s Standard? – Look it up at

Spot the sensible bidder – two players biding 3 card suits!

The sequence 1 - 1. Can 1 be 3 card? Is it alertable?

A splinter? Part 1 – 1NT - 2 - 2 - 4?

A splinter? Part 2 – 1 - 1 - 3 with 4 AKQ2 J52 AKQ109.

A Competitive double – 1 2(overcall) 2 dbl with AQ104 5 6 AQJ9763.

A Negative double – 1 2(overcall) dbl with 873 KQJ8 A873 97.

My treatment for negative doubles – promise the unbid major and values to compete.

What is 4? 1NT - 2 - 2 - 4 is Gerber.

173      A safety play – how to play AK873 opposite J7 for four tricks.

Bidding opener’s suit. A 1 opening may be short, but it is unwise to assume that it is.

Stay low on misfits – don’t go slamming with A9853 7 AK9742 7 opposite 1.

Redouble = the balance of power – don’t bid unnecessarily if LHO has redoubled you.

A splinter?part 1. 1 - 3 is a splinter.

A splinter?part 2. 1 - 1NT - 3 is a splinter?

A splinter?part 3. With KQ10982 - J10752 73 simply bid 4 opposite 1.

Gambling 3NT? A9 5 K52 AKQ10942 is too strong in most people’s style.

Worth a reverse? With K4 A7 QJ42 AJ1043 I would open 1NT and not reverse.

4NT quantitative? 1 - 4NT is (RKC)Blackwood unless you have agreed something else.

174      The devil’s Advocate. Chuck says that you don’t need Ogust if you are disciplined.

(Penalty) double with the unexpected, with an ace and J1098 of trumps, double a slam.

Don’t double with flat hands. RHO opens 1 and you have J109 A764 KJ2 AJ2.

A reverse guarantees 4-5 or better shape, even if playing 4-card majors.

A bit pathetic?9 A3 J762 K98632 is worth 3NT opposite 1NT.

Like a bull in a china shop? 1 - 2 - 2 - 6NT, down 1 with 7 making.

A 2 opener? 6 AK87543 AQJ76 - , I prefer 1.

175      The Blackwood bidder is in charge.

Blackwood (or RKCB) when a minor suit is trumps.

John Gavens has excelled himself in rudeness and is thrown out for good.

4 card majors? – with J AQ42 AJ1042 Q64 open 1 playing Acol.

3NT missed. AJ108 Q964 3 10986 is worth an invite (or game) opposite 1NT.

Mention the minor opposite 1NT? AJ4 543 6 KJ10872

Mention the minor opposite 1NT? 10 AQ1063 5 K109862

Is 26 points enough for game? – you need more for 5/

176      Bidding Sequences – A negative double summary.

The direct jump to game (4/) is weak.

Another ‘Negative Double’ penalty missed.

When you do not re-open with a double playing negative doubles.

Just pushin’ ‘em up part 1 – in a competitive auction, 3 of your suit is not a game try.

Just pushin’ ‘em up part 2 – when partner balances, he is bidding your hand.

177      No psyches please.  Psyching against lees experienced players is unsportsmanlike.

12 off the top – AJ8 KJ4 AKJ105 Q9 is worth a 2NT opener.

Don’t deny a 4 card major – with A964 643 AKQ6 Q2 respond 1 to 1.

A splinter – generally one above the (natural) forcing bid.

4th suit forcing part 1 – If you have the 4th suit, then bid NoTrump.

4th suit forcing part 2 – If you weak jump shifts then use 4th suit to force to game.

Would you open?   KQJ32 43 Q75 K94.

178      No psyches please – you cannot overcall 2 over 1 with 7 K98632 32 Q642

Zero Tolerance – Bad language and behaviour will not be tolerated at this club.

A high reverse?part 1 – 1 1 1NT 2 3

A high reverse?part 2 – 1  p  1NT 2 3

A reverse guarantees 5+ in the first suit bid.

Raising the 4th suit – if it’s a major then it’s natural.

A penalty missed again – the sequence 1 dbl redbl pass 1NT is nonsense.

Editorial – check out the guest map on the web site.

6-2 better than 4-4? – No!

Balancing – Partner is bidding your hand, so don’t raise him.

179      Hanging partner – partner is bidding your hand when he balances.

A 4 opener, but what if you play Namyats?  - Q10876542 109 AK9

Negative double – or you’re fixed! – 1 2 ? with A532 9 9863 QJ65

A 2NT opener?AQ8 AK1032 A102 Q3

A long pause and pass fixes partner.

A 3 opener? KQJ10953 Q98 8 K5.

A 2 opener? Q AQ8743 J65 Q76.

An easy slam missed by most AKJ109832 3 9 AK6 is a moose.

Don’t splinter with a singleton ace – 1 - 1 - 4 is a strong bid.

Pass out or try for game. After 1 - 2   KJ985 K4 J KJ1097 is worth 3.

Partscore or slam? QJ9 - AK9542 AK42 is not a 2 opener.

Too high – open 1NT with K4 Q76 AKJ103 Q54.

180      Open 1NT with a 5 card major/ With a weak doubleton? With both?

A grand slam bid missing to aces. A RKCB cock-up?

Unauthorised information – don’t fid an unusual lead when partner has paused.

More problems – it’s usually best to make a bid if you have paused for a while.

Splinter or reverse? A reverse denies 4 card support for partner’s major.

With a good holding in RHO’s suit – pass.

Open 2NT with a singleton ace? OK, but not with AK KQ964 A KJ976

2320 is too much. Don’t pass after 1 dbl redbl pass pass ?

A perfect ‘negative double’ penalty pass – pass and await partner’s re-opening double

Support with support. A new suit opposite partner’s overcall is not forcing.

181      Values for 3NT, so bid it? Not if you have a more descriptive bid.

A grand slam bid missing to aces. A RKCB cock-up?

A Psyche? p p p 1NT p 2 2 with 73 1076 QJ1098 1052.

Can 5NT be a sensible contract? – protect the AQ of LHO’s suit.

How do you reach 4? 1 1(LHO) 1(partner) is forcing.

Don’t pre-empt with a 4 card major. 2 is bad holding 3 10753 KQ9742 J3

182      RHO opens 1, so overcall 1 or 1NT holding A7 AK10 KQ432 852 ?

What do you lead against 3NT from 952 K109 102 AK1075 ?

What do you responnd to partner’s 1NT holding A109 73 10765 A973 ?

Don’t bid your hand twice – A Cappelletti 2 already shows 5 ’s and 5 of a minor.

Too high – what do you open with AQ4 KJ4 642 AKJ4 ?

Open 1NT or get in a mess – do not reverse with A94 AK52 10985 A4

Too high – 1- 1NT - 2 - 2 is a weak sequence and opener should usually pass.

183      In a mess? 108 10985 KQ8 QJ87 is easily enough to respond to 1NT.

Missing slam. Do not pass after 2 - 2 - 2 holding 985 Q1094 Q10742 5

There’s no such thing as a pre-empt over a pre-empt, any jump is strong.

Deny a 4-card major? Holding J952 Q AKJ103 Q103 respond 2 to 1.

Unlucky? With KQ97 sitting over a 2 opener it’s reasonable to go for the penalty.

How many points is 2NT. In a sequence like 1 - 2 - 2NT, 2NT shows about 18-19.

184      Weak or strong jump shift? – Strong jump shifts make life easy.

Redouble is for blood – and a subsequent double is for penalties.

What does a 2 Stayman bid promise?

A jump in partner’s overcalled suit is best played as weak.

A cuebid of opener’s suit shows a sound 3-level raise of partner’s overcall.

Grumpy at it again. Do not criticise partner and opponents, especially if you are wrong.

Raising opener to 3 of his suit is not forcing – dig up a minor if necessary.

185      It’s not unusual – 2NT is not unusual in the 4th seat (it’s natural and strong)

7 ’s and 9 pts so open 3? I would open 4 with Q AQJ10632 7 8653

A 2NT overcall over a weak two (or Multi 2) is 15-18.

Slow arrival? After 1 - 2 - 3 then 3 is strong and 4 shows a minimal 11 pts.

The ‘automatic’ re-opening double when playing negative doubles.

A negative double by opener? 1 p 1 1 dbl? does dble here show 4 ’s?

The 2NT rebid shows a big hand - 1 p 1 2 2NT is a big hand (not 12-14).

186      Try for game or bid it? After 1 - 2, AQJ97 Q AQ764 94 bid 4 or a try?

Is it forcing? 1 - 2NT. If you don’t play Jacoby or similar, then 2NT is 11-12. nf.

When responder should bid 2NT – AQ Q1062 J53 Q1086 after RHO overcalls 1.

Does a negative double show the 2 unbid suits? I play that it just shows the unbid major

187      A 1-level penalty. A favourable vul, go for the penalty rather than 3NT.

A poor bid that turned out lucky? With Axx over a pre-empt, think 3NT.

Play Benjamin two’s or Multi – a simple slam missed because of a big 3NT bid.

The Kokish relay - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2NT = a balanced 25+

The Gambling 3NT and responses.

Don’t double with a flat hand – with 542 Q1053 KQ5 AK3 pass if RHO opens 1.

When your hand improved – pt 1, K1084 K75 64 AJ87 when RHO bids ’s.

When your hand improved – pt 2, 9 Q10842 J9842 65 when partner opens 1.

Open 1NT and partner is the captain – do not remove his penalty double.

The play’s the thing – AK9 opposite 10842, play A and then K when all follow.

188      Editorial: Rudeness will not be tolerated at this club, expect to be expelled.

Never deny a 4 card major. With 10962 A106 J9 K1072 respond 1, not 1NT to 1

The Law of total tricks: you can sacrifice above the law, especially at favourable vul.

Walsh finds the 4-4 fit. 1 - 1 - 2NT - pass may miss a 4-4 major fit not playing Walsh.

Applying the Law. With Q98652 - 76 K1054 opposite partner’s 1 overcall.

Worth a jump invite? A6542 32 A4 AK73, 1 - 2 - ? Make a noise or pass?

A dummy reversal. 642 Q75 QJ8 K985 opposite - AKJ106 10965 AJ72

The 4/ rebid is a big hand. 1 - 2 - 4 shows 18+

When your 1NT opening is interfered with – play Lebensohl.

Slow arrival: 2 - 2 - 2 - 2NT - 3 - 4, 4 is interested in slam.

189      Editorial: The short (if mat be 2 cards) needs alerting.

Why bid past game? – Do not call the director just because the opponents have bid badly.

Deduct a point for 4333 shape – open 1NT with KJ63 K72 A106 AK4

Who’s the joker – it’s Chuck psyching a cue bid.

Garbage Stayman - 2 opposite 1NT with J762 KJ102 873 Q9 is simply gambling.

Psyching at our club – it is not allowed, including psychic cue bids or controls.

Never deny a 4 card major – with 8532 A103 A87 QJ6 respond 1 (not 2NT) to 1.

It’s not forcing: 1 - 1 - 1NT - 3 is not forcing in Standard American (it is in Acol).

It’s not forcing: 1 - 1 - 3 is not forcing in either system.

Balancing – after   pass, pass, pass, 1, pass, 1, pass, pass – then bid!

190      Don’t bid Blackwood with a void – splinter or Exclusion RKCB.

2/1 makes slam bidding a cinch – 1 - 2 - 2 - 3 is looking for slam.

A jump raise promises 4 card support – 1 - 3 should show 4 ’s.

Namyats does not leave partner guessing – open 4 with KQJ10973 - Q109 AK8

Double is playable in the unbid suits – both if opponents have bid two suits.

Don’t ask unless you need to know – leave questions to the end of the auction.

An ‘impossible’ response? You hold AQ2 Q94 92 AKQ94 and partner opens 1♣.

Splinter – with 6 Q1062 K96 AK1074   bid 3 when partner opens 1.

Who underbid? 1 - 1 - 1 is not forcing, so jump with 20 points.

Worth a raise to 3? Vulnerable, raise 1 to 2 with 964 Q9854 KQ3 43.

Do not open 1NT with a singleton – even a singleton ace. It is not allowed.

What is 4 after a transfer. It’s ace ask but is a cue bid if partner super-accepts.

191      Take-out double with 5 points? – maybe when balancing!

Negative double to show the other major – or you’ll have problems later.

A 5-3 fit /is not always better than 3NT – especially with 28-30 combined points.

Don’t pull partner’s run out – when being doubled, don’t bid a new suit at the 3 level.

You don’t miss the penalty when playing negative doubles.

192      KJxxxx is not 4 points when partner bids the suit!

A mini splinter – 1 - 3  is a mini splinter if you play them.

A weak jump shift – 1 - 2 is a weak jump shift if you agree to play them.

Passed out – AQ108 Q7653 J53 Q is a clear opener.

The most abused convention out there – Unusual NoTrump/Michaels.

Intermediated count – K432 is 3 points, K1098 is 4+ points, especially in No Trumps.

A comedy of errors – a new (minor) suit at the 4 level is forcing!

193      An ‘impossible’ bid – after 1 dbl redbl 1  then a 1NT bid by you is nonsense. Pass!

The three level is too high - 1 dbl 3 then don’t dbl (Responsive) with a flat 9 points.

Don’t open a vulnerable 4 in 1st seat with J1086543 unless you play Namyats.

It’s not forcing – 1 - 2 - 3 - 3 is not forcing, it shows 11-12 points and 3 ’s.

Slam missing two aces – don’t mix up Normal and Roman Keycard Blackwood.

Go for the penalty? – partner opens 1, RHo bids 1, you have KJ42 6 A87 KJ982

Muiderberg – A weak 2/♠ opening showing 5 of the major bid and a 4+ card minor.

With A10 J8532 K87 752 transfer and pass opposite partner’s 1NT opening.

Don’t pass partner’s take-out double of a pre-empt just because you have no points.

194      A two-level bid after RHO has doubled is weak.

Rudeness and bad behaviour at our club will not be tolerated – 4 players are now warned.

Don’t make gestures or talk during the auction/play.

When RHO doubles – a summary of the options for declarer.

How to find a specific king using Roman Keycard Blackwood.

A Lay-down 7NT?a set play problem.

Defence to weak twos – parts 1,2,3

Go for the vulnerable penalty – 2 2 dbl is penalties, so pass with a flat 2 opener.

195      Not suitable for 1NT – A10754 A2 AK102 K10 is far too good for 1NT.

Suitable for 1NT?K5 KJ1052 KJ52 K10 – I opened a strong 1NT.

Restricted choice – a complex subject but there are a couple of simple ‘rules’

8 ever, 9 never – but not when restricted Choice applies.

An interesting mis-fit – a bid in the ‘sandwich seat’ is a very good long suit.

What’s a jump to 2NT after partner has passed? – 1 pass pass 1 2NT?

Super accept! When you open 2NT and partner transfers into your 4 card major.

No Trump promises a stop after 4th suit forcing

An overbid   with  95 A832 Q2 KJ1085 bid 3 opposite a 1 opening.

An underbid – with J8 Q53 KQJ53 K93, 2NT is not enough after 1 - 1 - 1.

196      The Unassuming Cue bid – 4 examples in one week!

Hanging partner – Don’t jump to 3NT with a flat 13 when partner balances with dbl.

The jump to 3NT when partner reverses – shows about 8-11 points.

Double followed by a raise shows a good hand.

Forced to pass after partner’s hesitation? No! You simply need a clear bid.

197      Behavior at our club – Chuck is finally chucked out for good.

Negative Doubles part 1   1 - 2(overcall) 2 promises 10+ points.

Negative Doubles part 2   1 - 2(overcall) pass pass 2 is long ’s and weak.

Some people play that a 2 opening is either the traditional strong hand or a weak 2.

Lead partner’s suit against No trump – especially if he has bid it twice and doubled!

Raising a 1NT response to 2NT shows about 17 points.

Raising a 1NT rebid (12-14) to 2NT shows about 11-12 points even in competition.

That abused Michaels again - Q1086 AK643 63 AJ don’t bid 2 over 1.

198      Double and bid shows a big hand

Do not bid when partner redoubles – partner is often looking for a penalty.

Do not double (take-out) with unsuitable hands.

199      Change of suit over partner’s overcall is non-forcing.

Overcall with a 2-suiter? – only double with a strong hand.

Don’t double to show an opening hand, and a double of 2 usually shows 4 ’s.

Don’t be bullied into bidding 2NT but prefer to defend.

200      “The definitive guide to (strong) No Trump Bidding, Stayman and Transfers” is published

Sacrifice in No Trumps? – it’s possible if you have a long suit.

Hand Evaluation part 1 – Beware of quacks and a poor trump suit.

Hand Evaluation part 2 – K5 7432 A52 J854 is not worth a noise opposite 1NT.

The play’s the thing – 3 examples of basic play technique.

You hold AQ94 AQ83 J832 10 opposite a 1NT opener – splinter!

The sequence 1NT - 2 - dbl is penalties and it’s best to play Lebensohl.

Summary after partner’s 1NT opening is overcalled.

Pass partner’s weak jump shift unless you have good support for his suit.

After 1/// - dbl – redbl all subsequent doubles by opener or responder are penalties.

Do not bid Blackwood with a void – Use Josaphine GSF if only top trumps are missing.

A double of Stayman means ’s.

201      Don’t double with length in the suit opened.

            What do you bid with  62 9 1072 KJ98742 opposite a 1NT opener?

            Over a 2 opener, consider 3NT rather than double if you have a stop.

What do you bid with  1076 AJ1075 K10532 opposite a 1NT opener?

202      The Unassuming Cue Bid keeps you low opposite a weakfish overcall.

            A two-level overcall promises opening values.

            Pre-empt to the limit at once – three separate articles from one week!

What is a 2/ opening in 4th seat?

A note on 1430 – it is only applicable to the response to 4NT and not to the king ask.

Don’t bid your hand twice – a double of 1NT already shows 15-18 points.

A bid when RHO overcalls 1NT is weak (double with a good hand).

Open 1NT with a balanced 15-17 – AJ8 Q876 AQ86 QJ.

Balancing. If partner passes an opening bid from LHO he may have 14 or so points.

203      It’s simply bad manners – continually arrive late and you won’t get a game.

That 4333 type shape again – part 1. K74 A85 AJ76 QJ3 is not worth a strong 1NT.

That 4333 type shape again – part 2. KJ64 QJ10 A85 742 is not worth a 4th seat opener.

Worth a limit raise or game? AJ10 1075 AK852 106 opposite a 1 opening.

Don’t bid again having pre-empted J10 KQ9543 10876 K is a 2 opener, that’s all.

What to do opposite a weak 2? Is 106 AQJ7 AQ97 Q42 worth an effort?

What to do opposite a weak 3? Is A104 2 KQJ32 KJ63 worth 3NT or 4?

Bid both suits when 5-4. AK987 J 8762 A85 – open 1 and rebid 2 over 1NT.

Don’t bid you hand 3 times. A8 AKJ1097 KQ3 A8 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 3 - 3 bid 4.

 204     It’s rarely correct to transfer to a minor – with AJ7 K92 3 Q107652 raise 1NT to 3NT

Raising partner directly to game is weak. 1 dbl 5 is a pre-emptive raise.

Play in a Moysian fit? After 1 - 1 - 1 bid 2 with 86 A98 Q532 A1054

3 on a 3-1 fit. If you really want to play Bergen raises, then remember them.

A jump raise is pre-emptive after a double.

A take-out double is short in the suits bid – with length/strength in their suits bid NoTrump

Don’t double at the 3 level without shape - K7 A86 A8542 AJ6 is not good enough.

Look for the 4-4 fit. With J9 K852 J982 642 opposite 2NT bid 3 Stayman.

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Raising partner’s 1NT response to 2NT - AQJ64 106 AJ3 QJ5 is not enough.

Confused by “The Law”. Raising 1 to 3 is 11-12 points, not pre-emptive.

You need shape to overcall a string NT. Not QJ932 AJ9 J2 Q73 when vulnerable.

It’s often good to pre-empt 3/ with a good 6-card suit - QJ4 J 1092 AQJ874.

The Championship Races. Provisional positions have been calculated.

You need 12+ points (or shape) to raise partner’s 1/ to game.

A strong Michaels Cue Bid – with  AQJ876 KQJ865 - A3 bid 2 over RHO’s 1.

A double fit is good – try Stayman Super Accepts.

206      Obey the Law. With Q1082 842 A1062 A75 compete to 3 opposite a 1 overcall.

Upgrade hands with good suits. A3 K6 J874 AKQ109 is too good for 1NT.

Support partner. With 3 K94 AQ1095 KJ43 raise partner’s response.

Don’t double ’s holding 5+ ’s – with - AKQJ1075 KQ83 A3 overcall 4 over 3♠.

Be wary when the opponents play negative doubles – you may get clobbered one higher.

The take-out double – do not double 1 holding 9543 Q42 AKQ97 K.

A new suit opposite partner’s pre-empt is forcing.

An unnecessary jump is a splinter. 1 - 2 - 3 is a splinter agreeing ’s.

Don’t lead what declarer leads, even if it was partner’s initial lead.

Open a hand with a 6-card major. QJ10642 - KQ107 982 is a 2 opener.

A raise by opener only guarantees 3 cards. 1 - 1 - 2  may be 3 card support.

Don’t automatically “cover an honour with an honour”.

207      How to play in a 4-1 fit missing KQJxxx.

Keep quiet with an 18 count? 1 pass 2 2 dbl shows a good hand with 4 good ’s.

Finding a 4-4 fit after partner’s 1NT opening as been overcalled wit 2. – Lebensohl.

208      Don’t double when you can overcall. Over 1 bid 2 with  KQ108AKJ1042QJ5

Don’t double when you can overcall. Over 1 bid 2 with  J73Q1071032AKQ65

A simple play problem.

Open 1NT with a balanced 15-17, AJ72 932 KQ6 AQ6

Giving count (2 examples), especially with a long suit in dummy.

Redouble! Pard opens 1, RHO doubles, redouble with A1096 A98 K7543 10

4NT having bid 4 Gerber is to play.

Don’t pass when 5-6 in the majors. 1 p 2NT bid 3 with K10643 986542 4 7

Minor suit slams (1). You hold AJ109K84KQJ2Q2 and partner opens 1NT.

Minor suit slams (2). 2/1 really makes life easy.

Too strong for a pre-empt. Open 1 with A K6 A76 J1087543.

209      If RHO opens and LHO bids 1NT over your 1 overcall, don’t come in later with 3. 

Strange results: eight articles on silly contracts at just one table.

Negative doubles and the ‘automatic’ re-opening double – 3 articles.

210      You can underlead an ace against 3NT. 

Transfer and then bid another suit – QJ1062 A7 Q854 98 opposite 1NT.

Systems on / systems off. When a 1NT opening or overcall is interfered with.

Alert conventional bids. Multi Landy, Cappelletti etc. need alerting.

211      Bid that 7 card major – AQJ10865 53 J7 84 is far too good to pass as dealer.

A great 18 opposite a 1NT response is worth game – A86543 A10 K86 AK

Don’t bid again having pre-empted – J75 KQ9864 AJ4 2 is too strong for 2.

When your hand improves don’t open 2 with QJ7654 63 - QJ1074.

Another slam, 3 more slam deals.

Play Multi Landy. 2 Cappelletti with 5-4 in the majors sucks when pard is 2-2 or 3-3.

4 after a transfer (1NT - 2♦ - 2♥ - 4♣) asks for keycards.

Agree DOPI after Blackwood is interfered with.

212      A good hand for 2/1 – playing constructive raises keeps you low with a poor dummy.

Big balanced hands – A comparison between Benjamin and Multi 2 with 25+.

A basic end-play.

Missing the 4-4 major suit fit. Four (!) examples from one day’s play.

Giving a lesson during the play – and then going down in a cold contract!

Double having overcalled with 1NT is penalties.

Responding to take-out doubles – a non-jump is 0-8

With A108 AKQJ10653 83 - open 4 (or 4 playing Namyats)

With AK7 J1098 J1063 AQ overcall 1NT rather than double over RHO’s 3.

With AKJ Q8 KJ6 AKJ86 open 2 rather than 2NT. That suit is great.

A new suit opposite a pre-empt is forcing. RONF (raise only non-forcing).

213      A double of 1NT is for penalties

Balancing with 1NT. – a scheme for No Trump bids in the balancing seat.

Be wary of raising a minor past 3NT. 1- 1 - 3, 3 may be ‘dug up’.

5-6 in the majors is a great hand. Don’t defend 3NT with KQJ106 QJ7542 - 74

3NT or bid the ’s? When there’s no room bid 3NT with a stop in opponent’s suit.

214      That dreaded 4333 type shape yet again.

An awkward overcall? RHO opens 1 and you have A6542 A1054 A AK7

Protect that Kx – bid the opponent’s suit to ask for a stop.

The problem with Jacoby 2NT – Jacoby 2NT as 12+ and unlimited is unsatisfactory.

A 3-level weak jump overcall has to be a good suit if vulnerable.

Bid 3NT or look for a 4-4 major fit?

The help-suit game try can also be a slam try.

Be wary of a vulnerable pre-empt over a strong NoTrump.

215      Moving yet again? We will be moving as soon as we find a suitable venue.

The Unassuming Cue bid – two examples

1NT in the Sandwich seat – don’t play it as 15-18 balanced.

The Gambling 3NT scores a top - 8 Q108 AKQ10832 J9

3NT missed – 1 - 9 A43 AKQ864 AJ10 is too good for 2NT after 1 - 1

Respond 3 with a 3 card suit? If you don’t play Jacoby 2NT you may have to.

3NT missed – 2 – convert partner’s double of 3 or bid 3NT?

A comfortable slam – AKQ104 A2 KJ754 K is too good for 3NT after 1 - 2

216      The Unassuming Cue yet again

Bid 3NT or double with a 4-card major over their pre-empt?

The hold-up. Sometimes you have to disregard the rule of 7 and hold up twice.

If you show both majors over opponent’s strong NT and bid again it’s a huge hand.

Balancing – a double in the pass out seat may be as few as 8 points.

A good or bad 4 opening? - 102 K652 AQ83 A52 is not enough for slam.

How do you play your negative doubles? – does 1 2 dbl show both majors or just ’s?

217      It’s rarely correct to raise partner’s minor past 3NT

3NT or 4/ with a 5-3 fit – two articles

Overcall 1NT over 1 with two Kx’sK2 KJ A10843 AK96 or bid 2?

Too good for 4. AJ1098543 K3 A 73 is too good unless you play 4 Namyats.

When your Stayman 2 bid gets doubled.