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I'm travelling again this week, so straight to the hand.

The hand is one I return to every once in a while, because it is a really clear example of the need for clear, simple thinking during the play of the hand (see Figure 1).

Figure 1

The bidding got a bit out of control (see Figure 2).

Figure 2

1, transfer to spades

2, “super accept” with a max of four trumps

3, a real flight of fancy!

West lead a trump and declare drew trumps and then played four rounds of clubs throwing a …????

Declarer should pitch a heart as it offers two chances to make the hand.

Now cross to dummy and lead the singleton heart – if East has the Ace, he has to take it and now the diamond can go on the King of hearts – slam made.

If the King of hearts loses to the Ace, declarer now tries the diamond finesse – two chances instead of one!

For the full hand, see Figure 3.

Figure 3

Good play indeed!


Friday, March 11

1. Aida Bostelmann – Heather Woolf

2. Betsy Baillie – Allyson Eadie

3. Marge Way – Jack Rhind

Monday, March 14

1. Peter Donnellan – John Rayner

2. Aida Bostelmann – Julia Beach

3/4 Wendy Gray – Richard Gray

3/4 Diana Diel – Dorry Lusher

Tuesday, March 15


1. Keri McKittrick – Tim McKittrick

2. Marion Silver – Duncan Silver

3. Janice Bucci – Angela McKittrick


1. Heidi Dyson – Amanda Ingham

2. Malcolm Moseley – Mark Stevens

3. Sandra Ogden – George Ogden

Wednesday, March 16

1. Marge Way – Magda Farag

2. Lynanne Bolton – Peter Donnellan

3. Martha Ferguson – Judy King

Thursday, March 17


1. Gertie Barker – John Glynn

2. Stephanie Kyme – Diana Diel

3. Lynanne Bolton – Magda Farag


1. Rachael Gosling – Stephan Juliusberger

2/3 Martha Ferguson – Judy King

2/3 Elizabeth McKee – Linda Pollett

Non-Bridge Club Online Results for Bridge Club Members

March 14: Elizabeth McKee and Stephanie Kyme – first out of 326 pairs

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Published March 19, 2022 at 7:57 am (Updated March 19, 2022 at 7:57 am)

Hand that demonstrates need for clear thinking

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