By Val Rhead
FINDING KILLING LEADS AGAINS NO-TRUMP CONTRACTS
What a difference a lead can make! If your partner makes a killing lead to your long, solid Diamond suit when playing against a No-Trump contract, you can rack up six tricks in a hurry. If your partner unfortunately leads a small Club on this hand, your opponent may find the nine tricks he needs before you have a chance to get in with your strong suit and do some damage.
So, how do you find the right lead. One way is to listen carefully to the bidding. Of course, if your partner has bid a suit, lead that one. If the opponents have bid three suits, lead the fourth one. If the opponents have bid the minor suits and only one of the majors, they are likely to be short in the unbid major, so lead that.
If the opponents have opened in No-Trump and are bidding using the Stayman or Transfer conventions, it gives you a chance to double one of their artificial bids for lead direction. For example, the opponent on your left opens One No-Trump. Your partner passes. The opponent on your right bids Two Diamonds as a Transfer to Hearts. You want a Diamond lead to your six-card Diamond suit headed by the Ace, Queen, Jack. Double their artificial Diamond bid. If your partner is awake, he’ll lead you a diamond the first time he’s on lead.
The Two-Diamond bid in this case is called an artificial bid because it says nothing at all about the opponent’s Diamond suit. According to the agreement he has with his partner, he is saying that he has a Heart suit and he wants opener to bid it. Why does he go through this rigmarole? He wants the strong No-Trump hand to be hidden and the weak hand to be exposed in dummy for all the world to see.
The lead-directing double also works when the opponent responds to his partner’s One No-Trump bid by bidding Two-Hearts which is a transfer to Spades. Double the artificial Two-Heart bid to ask partner to lead a Heart. The same thing applies when Two Spades is bid as a transfer to a six-card Club suit or when Three Clubs is bid as a transfer to Three Diamonds. Double the artificial bid if you want your partner to lead that suit. You also can use this double when the responder to the No-Trump opening replies with a Stayman bid of Two-Clubs asking if opener has a four-card major. Double the artificial Two-Club bid when you want a Club lead.
ALERT: Make sure you double only artificial bids for lead direction. Doubling a natural bid for lead direction could get you in to trouble.
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NEW SOCIAL BRIDGE GAME IN HUNTSVILLE
Games are at the SUMMIT CENTRE FOR ACTIVE LIVING, THURSDAYS @ 7 pm in the multi-purpose room 2nd floor (elevator) (back entrance of Summit Centre). Just come – with or without a partner.
For information, please contact Donna or Peter Tikuisis at 647 471 1774 or [email protected].
For now, this game will be played following Chicago Rules (allowing both fast and slow games). You will keep your same partner for the entire evening. Cost is $1.50 per person. Parking is outside the North Entrance opposite Heritage Village Railway Station.
PORT CARLING SOCIAL BRIDGE CLUB
Games for the Port Carling Social Bridge Club are Monday afternoon @ 1 pm at the Port Carling Community Centre, 3 Bailey Street. Please arrive with your partner at least 10 minutes before game time.
For information, contact Andree or Scott 705-764-3827 [email protected]
Monday, March 11th, 2019 Winners were not submitted.
Monday, March 4th, 2019 Winners: First: Irene Bond & Bruce Currie 5290 points, Second: Barb & John Brown 3410 points; Third: Joan & Len Frost 3160 points
HUNTSVILLE DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB
Games at the Huntsville Club are Tuesday afternoon @ 1 pm at Trinity United Church, 33 Main Street (side door, three steps up in the Hearth Room). Please arrive at least 15 minutes early. For information and partnerships call Liz Graham (705)789-7187 or email at lizgra[email protected]
The following winners are for Tuesday, Mar 12, 2019 with 6 pairs playing a Howell movement. 1. Helen Pearson and Jim Smith; 2. Liz Barnes and David Bryce; 3. Liz Graham and Dorothy Russell
MUSKOKA DUPLICATE BRIDGE CLUB (Bracebridge)
Games for the Bracebridge Club are Mondays @ 7pm, at the Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Taylor Road. Please arrive 15 minutes before game time.
The following winners are from Monday, Mar 11, 2019 with 11 pairs playing a Howell movement. 1. Kel Andresen and Jim Smith; 2/3. Liz Barnes and David Bryce; 2/3. Gail Lederer and Don Evans; 5. Gerry Flaherty and Ralph Hair; 6. Lynda Mochrie and Wayne Mochrie
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