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41 - SEPTEMBER 2023

41 - SEPTEMBER 2023

BALANCE!

In matchpoint pairs, it is almost always opportune to balance when the opponents have found a fit and still stop at the two-level. However – and you have certainly seen that in regular Club tournaments – many players do not…

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Marjorie plays the regional final of the Inter-Club teams competition

This Sunday, Marjorie plays the regional final of the Inter-Club teams competition. We talk about a deal in which my partner, sitting North, brutally bid 3NT opposite my 1♣ opening.
The girls play inverted minors, where they can cheaply bid 2♣ over 1♣ with good hands and I teach them that the raise must be made with four cards or more, to facilitate the task of opener when he has a fairly strong unbalanced hand. This direct raise allows opener to bid a shortness at a low level and to be well placed to be declarer in a possible slam.

My partner and I missed this very good slam when Marjorie and Alice started the auction very well but unfortunately, pushed a little too hard and ended up very high!

WNES
1♣
Pass2♣Pass3
Pass3NTPass4♣
Pass4Pass4NT
Pass5Pass5
Pass7♣

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Wilfried Libbrecht

Teaching and Associate Director of the Bridge College website, he is the national coach of the FFB Youth teams. As a four-time winner of the Coupe de France, his reputation is already established. Wilfried Libbrecht also writes many articles in specialised bridge magazines like the column “The Sunday Night Question” you can find on Funbridge. Picture © Caroline Moreau.

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