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Hand of the Season

This question was e-mailed to me yesterday. You are South, holding this hand, playing Duplicate Pairs. Your opponents are vulnerable; your side is not. N E S W NB 2C 4S 5C NB 7H East's 2C Opening Bid was a Game-force, and the strongest bid available to his side. South led Ks, and East drew trumps and ran four club tricks to make his Grand Slam. What could South have done to improve the situation and his side's score? These weird, distributional hands are always difficult to judge, but I always like to ask myself two questions: How do I think the bidding will progress? Is there any way to obtain crucial information from partner? To answer the first qu

Saturday Master Classes

On September 3rd and 10th, from 10.15am for about two and half hours, Paul will be giving special classes at Richmond Bridge Club, in Surrey. Offering a mixture of a lecture on a specific subject with specially prepared hands and analysis, with notes provided. 3rd September - Boost Your Defence Half of all bridge hands demand you defending well. Looking at strategy and technique, and introducing special plays you may not have seen before, boost your knowledge and increase your success. 10th September - Improve Your Declarer Play Feel more confident as you approach the moment that dummy appears and you make your plan. Suit Establishment, ruffing, and finesse techniques will be examined to sec

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