A problem?By Andy HungOn this hand, you will encounter a hand that may have no problems at all...or so you think! But first, you will start off with a bidding problem.
Bidding. Partner (North) opens 1NT and we initiate a Stayman sequence with 2♣. Partner responds 2♥ showing four Hearts (does not deny four Spades yet), and as a 3NT rebid comes to mind with our hand, we opt for a more scientific route via 3♣, showing a game-forcing hand with five-plus Clubs and (implied) four Spades. Partner, with no Spade support, no Diamond stopper, and four-card Club support, makes the right decision by raising our Clubs. As we can see, 3NT would down as the opponents thrash away in Diamonds whereas 5♣ is the perfect game contract to be in. You can now imagine what would have happened if we had jumped to 3NT over partner's 2♥ Stayman response - partner would have passed (rightly so), and we would be left wondering who was at fault. Play. West, not a first timer as he has been listening to the auction as well, leads the ♦K. Two rounds of Diamonds proceed but that pretty much wraps up the play. With a ten-card Club fit missing the Queen, the suit is likely to break 2-1 so no finesses need to be taken. After cashing ♣AK, the Queen will drop in two rounds. However, we should still try to cater for a possible 3-0 break because if that arises, we will need to take a marked finesse. Are there any clues as to which opponent is more likely to hold a void in Clubs? Well, the only possible clue we can go by is that if East had a void in Clubs, he may have decided to interfere over partner's 1NT given that E/W are not vulnerable. If West had the void in Clubs, he may have backed off due to our 2♣ Stayman bid (as we are looking for a major). There, if anyone is to have the three Clubs headed by the Queen, it would be East, as we have concluded that it's not likely that East will have a void in Clubs. Accordingly, when it's time to draw trumps, we should start with the ♣A first to guard against the possibility of East holding three Clubs to the Queen. Of course, the Clubs are 2-1 on this deal so our thoughts didn't come to play - but it is always best to prepare ourselves for these eventualities, otherwise we may never bother to think about them and it would be too late.
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1 - Bidding: Click the 'Play' button in the middle of the page to display the bidding box.When you are ready, click the 'Start Bidding' button.When a bid is alerted, it is shown on a yellow background. You can then click that bid to display the related alert.When there is a comment or a question about your own bid, you can read it on the bidding box comments pane, and then, click the 'Ok' button to continue bidding.Click 'Close Bidding Box' to proceed to playing the hand.2 - Playing: The lead is automatic if you are declarer, otherwise you'll see the 'It's your lead' warning in the center pane.You will play your cards and dummy's as if you were at a live table.2.1 -Touching cards are considered equivalent! e.g. if you have 876 and you play the 7 while Vu-Bridge expects you to play the 6, then the 7 will blink and the 6 will be played.2.2 -Sometimes there will be a comment or question during the play.You should read it and click the 'Click to continue' button at the top of the comment text.If its a question, there will be a 'Show Answer' button to click at the bottom of the comment panel.2.3 - When a comment bears a 'Finish flag' button, you can click it to reveal hidden hands and continue playing. We use this to explain technical coups like end-plays, squeezes etc.2.4 - You can review the last trick by clicking on the last won or lost trick (back of card) at the bottom of the screen. The last trick will show during 3 seconds and then play will continue.2.5 - You can click the 'Undo last trick' button at the left of the screen in order to redo one or several tricks and review the attached comments.You can review the auction by clicking the 'Auction' tab in the same area.3 - Moving the comment panel:When the mouse hovers the dark green background of the bidding box or the comment panel, you'll see a crosshair cursor and you can drag and move it around the page.The left and right arrows on the top left corner of the comment panel allows you to increase or reduce the width for better readability.4 - When a hand is finished, you can click the 'Board List' at the top of the comment panel, and play other hands From the same Series.To play other Series, visit the Vu-Bridge's home page and click the 'Bridge Hands' button.