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Aus­tralia sees two ma­jor tour­na­ments take place over this weekend’s Queen’s Birth­day hol­i­day. Townsville hosts the Bar­rier Reef congress, while Mel­bourne hosts its very pop­u­lar Vic­tor Cham­pion tour­na­ment, both with pairs and teams events. Re­sults next col­umn.

The Aus­tralian Bridge mag­a­zine held its Aus­tralia-wide Novice pairs com­pe­ti­tion around the coun­try over the last week of May. The Ade­laide Bridge Cen­tre held a heat of the com­pe­ti­tion, with heat win­ners Pauline Wil­son and Louise Nether­way, ahead of Paul Serafin and Ju­dith CasleySmit­h, for NS, and Chris and Tim Leb­bon, ahead of Carol Pa­pan­drea and Pat Mes­mer, for EW. Clubs should con­sider run­ning a heat next year as it is ideal for the less-ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers. Aus­tralian

Bridge will be run­ning its Aus­tralia-wide Open pairs at the end of Oc­to­ber.

To­day’s hand, from the Novice pairs, caused prob­lems for E/W, pre­dom­i­nantly in the play, but also per­haps in the bid­ding. How would you bid the E/W hands? Af­ter East opens 1 ♣ and West re­sponds 1 ♠ , most will raise to 2 ♠ with the East hand, al­though some may con­sider 3 ♠ , with the sin­gle­ton di­a­mond and only 6 “losers”. All Wests, over 2 ♠ , sim­ply bid 4 ♠ , al­though the mag­a­zine sug­gested West should push on to­wards slam with Black­wood, and end in 6 ♠ . Since no-one made 12 tricks, it was for­tu­nate that they didn’t bid slam. What should North lead? Many would choose a red suit, and you should try the 8 or 7, sug­gest­ing a poor suit. South should re­frain from play­ing their king on this trick. De­clarer should then try the fi­nesse in the other red suit, and when that works and trumps are 2-2, you may make all the tricks. A num­ber of Norths chose a cun­ning club lead. De­clarer should win the ace and try the ♦ J. If this loses, your di­a­mond win­ners will dis­card dummy’s hearts, af­ter draw­ing trumps, and you can trump a heart in dummy, whilst when it wins, you then try the heart fi­nesse, and, with suc­cess of that, you again can make all the tricks. Try it and see.

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