by Paul, on Tuesday, 10th November 2020 This was Hand 17 in a recent county-wide Simultaneous Pairs event. At most tables, East played in 2NT, sometimes making 8 tricks for +120; sometimes 9 tricks for +150. Rarely, E/W managed to reach 3NT, but pairs who got to that contract usually made it for +400. At my table, first-in-hand non-vulnerable, I decided to open the North cards with 1NT (11pts + two more half points for my tens). This now meant that E/W couldn't bid and my opening was passed out. West led 3c and down came the disappointing dummy. But, this is why I love playing 1NT contracts. I knew that, as the opponents held 24pts between them, they could be making 2NT for +120 or 3C for +1
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