From the desk of Bob Jones:


December 24, 2012

Hi All,

Thursday at Jourdan’s we saw 2 freak hands. This was board #2:

As the cards lie
bridge hand

The auctions were wild and wooly around the room with many different contracts reached.

I suggest this auction:
bridge auction

East is actually cold for 12 tricks in hearts without a trump lead, although very few players were able to take them. Say a spade lead, 7D pitched at trick one and a club led. East has time to ruff a club and get back to hand to draw trump. The lucky fall of the queen gives him 12 tricks.

This was board #8:

As the cards lie
bridge hand
This auction might go:
bridge auction

Very few pairs were able to stop safely in 4H with 11 tricks there for the taking.

Freak hands are biddable, but you have to show patience and take your time about describing your hand. You have a lot to do, so don’t rush and be sure you do it right.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year to everyone!