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How To Lose At Bridge


The six auctions below would make anyone a loser. Get out your magnifying glass and let’s play detective. For the East-West pair determine the worst call made, the proper call that should have been made instead, and the contract that should be reached.

1. E-W Vul

S 9 2
H 10 5 3
D A Q 8 6 5 4
C Q 2
TableS A K 8 3
H 8 6 2
D 2
C A K J 9 8

West

2 D
3 S
North
1 H
Pass
Pass
East
1 S
3 C
Pass
South
Pass
Pass

Worst call made _____

Proper call instead _____

Correct contract _____

2. N-S Vul

S 8 2
H K 3
D 8 6 2
C A Q J 8 7 6
TableS K Q 10 3
H A J 10 2
D Q J 9 4
C 4

West

2 C
3 C
Pass
North
1 C
Pass
Pass
East
Dbl
2 S
3 H
South
Pass
Pass
Pass

Worst call made _____

Proper call instead _____

Correct contract _____

TopMain 3. None Vul

S 3
H A 7 6 3
D 10 6 3
C A K Q 7 4
TableS A J 10 9 7 4
H Q 8 4
D J 7 2
C 2

West

3 C
Pass
North
1 D
Dbl
East
2 S
Pass
South
Pass
Pass

Worst call made _____

Proper call instead _____

Correct contract _____

4. N-S Vul

S K 10 5 3
H J 9 6 2
D 4 3
C K 6 2
TableS A 2
H A Q 4
D K J 7 5
C Q 9 7 4

West

1 S
3 NT
North
1 H
Pass
Pass
East
Dbl
1 NT
Pass
South
Pass
Pass

Worst call made _____

Proper call instead _____

Correct contract _____

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S K 10 5 4
H A K 9 7 2
D 4
C 5 4 3
TableS 7 2
H 4 3
D K Q J 8 5
C A K 9 2

West

2 H
3 NT
North
1 S
Pass
Pass
East
2 D
3 C
Pass
South
Pass
Pass

Worst call made _____

Proper call instead _____

Correct contract _____

6. Both Vul

S A 8 7 5 3
H K 9 7 6 4
D J 5
C 2
TableS 4
H 2
D K Q 10 8 2
C A J 10 6 4 3

West

3 H
North
1 S
Pass
East
2 NT
Pass
South
Pass

Worst call made _____

Proper call instead _____

Correct contract _____

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Answers

1.1 S
2 C
3 C

2.2 C
Pass
1 C

3.3 C
Pass
2 S

4.Dbl
1 NT
1 NT

5.3 C
Pass
2 H

6.3 H
3 D
3 D

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