26 28 29 30 31 33 Stats
Board 26
East Deals
Both Vul
K 10 9
Q 10 7 5
K 9
K 7 4 2
Q 8 6 5 3 2
K 6 3
A
A 10 9
N
WE
S
J 7 4
A J 9
Q 7 5 3
Q 6 5
11
13    10
6
A
8 4 2
J 10 8 6 4 2
J 8 3
NTPar
N/S43565−620
E/W910868

East deals and passes.
South passes.
West opens 1 Spade.
North passes.
East, with 10-11 HCP uses REVERSE DRURY by bidding 2 Clubs which also asks
West IF he opened with a "full opener".

West, with 13 HCP, +2 distribution points for the singleton Ace of Diamonds (the nicest singleton there is!), goes to GAME because his hand now is worth 15 "playing points" which across from 10 or 11 HCP, should make GAME.


Board 28
West Deals
N-S Vul
J 8 6 4
A 4
J 7 4 2
K 4 3
A K
8 7 6 3
A Q 10
J 10 8 6
N
WE
S
9 5
J 10 9 2
K 8
A Q 9 5 2
9
14    10
7
Q 10 7 3 2
K Q 5
9 6 5 3
7
NTPar
N/S37363−430
E/W10610610

West bids 1 Club (longest minor).
North passes, (no 10-5-2!, Not 10 HCP, 5 of a suit, and 2 of top 3 honors).
East bids 1 Heart.
West bids 2 Hearts.
East, with 10 HCP and two "distribution points" for the 2 Doubletons,
bids either 3 Hearts or bids 4 Hearts (depends on your "aggressiveness")
[is the glass half FULL or half EMPTY!]

Double Dummy says 4 Hearts can make.

West must lead trump whenever he/she gets in. Your trumps are missing the
ACE, King, & Queen, but as long as they don't get 4 tricks by ruffing with a low heart in the North hand, all declarer will loose is those 3 Trumps.

UNLESS YOU HAVE A REASON NOT TO DRAW TRUMPS, DRAW TRUMPS!


Board 29
North Deals
Both Vul
K J 9
Q 7
K Q J
J 9 7 4 2
Q 8 4 2
J 8 4 3 2
9 7 4
A
N
WE
S
A 10 5 3
K 10 6 5
8 6 3
6 5
13
7    7
13
7 6
A 9
A 10 5 2
K Q 10 8 3
NTPar
N/S9/755911/10+600
E/W47732

North deals and opens 1 club. (ready to bid 1 NT if south bids 1 Heart)
East passes, not having an overcall.
(10-5-2 = 10 HCP, 5 cards of a suit, 2 of the top 3 honors)

South (with an opening hand should be thinking about playing 3 NT with an
opening hand across from an opening hand) bids a new suit of 1 Diamond.

When North bids 1 NT, South can bid 3 NT and they have reached GAME.


Board 30
East Deals
None Vul
Q J 9 5 3
Q 7 4 2
7 6 3
J
K 7 6
A
A 10 5 2
K Q 10 8 2
N
WE
S
A
K 3
K Q 8 4
A 9 7 6 5 3
6
16    16
2
10 8 4 2
J 10 9 8 6 5
J 9
4
NTPar
N/S06600−1520
E/W13771313

This is a SLAM hand and I have not talked very much about SLAMS (bidding to the 6 or 7 level)

East deals and has 16 HCP. He does NOT have a "balanced" hand and must open
a Minor. I would open 1 Club, ready to REVERSE if and when partner bids a Major, which East should expect.

South, with 2 HCP - passes.
West bids 1 Diamond, a "new" suit which forces his partner to bid again!

East bids???? You can see the power of a "double fit" in two suits.

E/W can make ALL 13 tricks in No Trump, Clubs, and/or Diamonds.

They actually have 14 top tricks: 2 Spades, 2 Hearts, 4 Diamonds (IF Diamonds split 3-2!), and Six clubs, as long as you don't get "stranded" in the wrong hand and can't play off your winners.

It is fun to bid and make a GRAND SLAM!


Board 31
South Deals
N-S Vul
A 10 4 3
A Q 5 4
10 9
K 7 6
Q J 7
K 9 8 3
Q J 6
8 4 3
N
WE
S
K 8 6 2
7 6
A 7 4 3 2
J 10
13
9    8
10
9 5
J 10 2
K 8 5
A Q 9 5 2
NTPar
N/S10810611+630
E/W35362

South deals and passes, 10 HCP + 1 "length point" in Clubs.

West passes.

North opens 1 CLUB (in 3rd seat, he/she may be opening "light"). North sitting across from a passed hand, should NOT expect to make a GAME with a 13 HCP hand.

East passes.

South can not say 2 Clubs as that would show 6-9 HCP exactly.
South could jump a level to 3 clubs or bid 2 NT to show 10-11 HCP, depending on
partnership agreement as to what that bid means.

"Double Dummy", the chart to the bottom left, says N/S can make 10 tricks in No Trump, 10 tricks in Hearts, or 11 tricks in Clubs.

With some hands, it's tough to bid a game!

10 tricks in No Trump is 630 points, 10 tricks in Hearts is 620 points, and 11 tricks in Clubs is 600 points. You can see that "duplicate" bridge players will sometimes try to bid No Trump, just to get the extra 10 points!!!

This is a tough hand to get to GAME on!


Board 33
North Deals
None Vul
K Q 10 9 8
8 7 6
K 4
A Q 9
4 2
A 10 5 4 3
A 6 5
8 6 4
N
WE
S
7 6 3
2
J 8 7 3 2
J 10 7 2
14
8    2
16
A J 5
K Q J 9
Q 10 9
K 5 3
NTPar
N/S1191089+460
E/W22343

North deals and opens 1 Spade.

East passes.

South has Spade support (3 cards) but has 16 HCP!!!
A bid of 2 Spades shows 6-9 HCP and support.
A bid of 3 Spades shows 10-11 HCP and support.

South wants to get to GAME but can't jump to 4 Spades because that shows long spades
and a weak hand.

South must bid another suit (which "forces" north to bid again.
South bids 2 Hearts.

North must bid again and might say 2 NT since he/she can't rebid a 5 card Spade suit and only has 3 Hearts.

South then Bids 4 Spades (the one who knows you have game going points bids the game).

South might ask for Aces, but missing two, would quit at the 5 level.

IF you bid the Spade game, you did GOOD!


NorthSouthWestEast
Mean HCP11.009.0011.178.83
Balanced Hands5232
Voids0000
Singletons1332
Long Suits (>6)0000