Ted's Bridge World Dante's Infernal

How NOT to Win a STAC Game

Test your luck on this collection from the mid-May Sectional Tournaments at Clubs.  On each problem, you hold the hand displayed in the diagram.  My opponents' actions earned them a zero on each of these boards.  I am confident that you can do better.

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#1

North dealer, Both vulnerable:

*

What is your call?

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#2

North dealer, E-W vulnerable:

*

Doubtless you would have bid differently at your first turn, but now you have to go from here.  Your partner's raise was preemptive.  What's your pleasure?

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#3

East dealer, None vulnerable:

*

Again, you might have better facilitated the auction by starting with a 3 preempt; but what would you do now?

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#4

East dealer, None vulnerable:

*

North's negative double was ill-advised, as it risked losing a 5-3 fit; a 3 advance, or perhaps a cuebid of 4 (either 5-5 in the majors or a big club fit), would have been better.  In any case, the K is led.  Plan the play.


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