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42 - OCTOBER 2023

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BIDDING OPPOSITE A STRONG HAND [PART 1]

The auction will often cause your hand to become stronger or weaker than a mere count of the high cards suggests. This month, we look at a situation that many inexperienced players find difficult – bidding bad hands. How often do you hear a lament along the lines of ‘I couldn’t bid, I only had 1/2/3 points’?

Suppose that with the opponents only vulnerable you pick up one of my regular rubber bridge hands…

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Marc Smith

Marc Smith was in the Great Britain team that won the European Junior Teams Championship in 1985. His 25 Bridge Conventions You Should Know (co-authored with Barbara Seagram) has sold more than 300,000 copies.

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