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Combating Weak Openings


West

4 S!
North
3 H
Pass
East
Dbl
Pass
South
Pass
Pass
Board 1
None Vul
S 8
H A K 7 6 5 3 2
D 7 2
C 10 8 2
Trick
1 N
2 N
3 N
4 E
5 E
6 W
7 W
Lead
H K
H A
H 5
S J!
S 2
S A
D 3
2nd
8
9
S K!
3
4
H 3
2
3rd
Q
D 6
C 4
5
9
7
9!
4th
4
10
J
8
H 2
Q
10
W L
0 1
0 2
1 2
2 2
3 2
4 2
4 3
S A 10 9 6 5
H J 10 4
D 4 3
C A 5 3
TableS K J 7 2
H 9 8
D A Q 9 5
C K J 6
Bidding

Play

Defense 
Combat preempt
Resp to takeout double
Avert overruff
Throw-in play
Try for an overruff
S Q 4 3
H Q
D K J 10 8 6
C Q 9 7 4
4 S by West7 top tricksSouth is endplayedmade 4 -420


West

Pass
AP
North

3 H
East
2 D
Pass
South
2 S!
4 H
Board 2
N-S Vul
S Q
H A 8 7 6 4 3
D A 9 6
C Q 4 3
Trick
1 E
2 N
3 S
4 S
5 S
6 N
7 S
8 W
9 S
Lead
D K
H 3
S A!
S J!
S 2
H 6
S 10
C J!
S 8
2nd
3
D 2
4
6
K
D 5
H 9
Q
H 10
3rd
J
K
Q
D 6!
H 4
Q
D 9
K
C 3
4th
A
2
5
7
9
5
D 7
A
C 5
W L
1 0
2 0
3 0
4 0
5 0
6 0
6 1
7 1
7 2
S K 6 4
H J 10 9 5 2
D J 8
C J 10 8
TableS 9 7 5
H
D K Q 10 7 5 2
C K 9 7 5
Bidding

Play

Defense 
Combat weak two-bid
Resp to suit overcall
Ruffing finesse
Survive bad break
Attack dummy’s entry
S A J 10 8 3 2
H K Q
D 4 3
C A 6 2
4 H by North9 top tricksLose 1 more trickmade 4 +620


West

Pass
4 S!
North

3 C
AP
East

3 S
South
Pass
Pass
Board 3
E-W Vul
S 4 2
H 4 3
D J 10 4
C A Q 10 9 8 3
Trick
1 S
2 N
3 N
4 S
5 E
6 W
7 E
8 E
9 E
10 E
Lead
C K
C Q
C 9
H J
S 5
S 7
S Q
S 8
H Q
S 6!
2nd
4
J
S 10
5
3
4
D 7
D 8
8
?
3rd
A!
H 2
S J
3
K
A
D 2
C 7
6
4th
2
5
6
A
2
9
C 3
C 8
4
W L
0 1
0 2
0 3
1 3
2 3
3 3
4 3
5 3
6 3
S K 7
H K 7 6 5
D A 3 2
C 7 6 5 4
TableS A Q 10 8 6 5
H A Q
D Q 6 5
C J 2
Bidding

Play
Defense
 
Combat preempt
Resp to suit overcall
Positional squeeze
Overtaking play
Trump promotion
S J 9 3
H J 10 9 8 2
D K 9 8 7
C K
4 S by East10 top tricksSouth is squeezedmade 4 -620


West
2 H
Pass
AP
North
Dbl
3 C!
East
Pass
Pass
South
2 S
3 NT
Board 4
Both Vul
S A Q 2
H Q 4
D A K 3
C A J 10 9 8
Trick
1 W
2 W
3 N
4 N
5 N
6 S
7 E
Lead
H J
D Q!
S A
S Q
S 2
C Q
S J
2nd
4!
K
7
9
10
3
8
3rd
2
8
5
6
K
8
C 4
4th
3!
2
3
4
H 6
K
D 3
W L
0 1
1 1
2 1
3 1
4 1
4 2
4 3
S 4 3
H A J 10 9 7 6
D Q J 9
C 4 3
TableS J 10 9 7
H 5 2
D 10 8 7
C K 7 6 2
Bidding

Play
Defense 
Combat weak two-bid
Rebid by doubler
Holdup play
Shift to another suit
S K 8 6 5
H K 8 3
D 6 5 4 2
C Q 5
3 NT by South6 top tricksLose 1 more trickmade 3 +600


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