Spring NABC Coming Up


The American Contract Bridge League’s Spring Championships start a week from Friday in Philadelphia. The ACBL, which promotes all types of bridge with a focus on competition, runs hundreds of tournaments yearly as well as local club games. Philadelphia is hosting one of three 10-day “Nationals.”

ACBL tournaments are for everyone. There will be events and activities for players at all levels.

Tournament play improves your game and measures your progress. Doing well is exhilarating, but you need good technique. Say you play at 3NT as today’s South, and West leads the ♠Q, won by your ace.

Dlr: South ♠ A 4
Vul: N-S Q 6 5
K 7 5
♣ 9 8 6 4 2
♠ Q J 10 8 7 ♠ 9 6 5 2
A 10 8 3 9 7 2
8 6 3 J 10 9
♣ J ♣ K Q 7
♠ K 3
K J 4
A Q 4 2
♣ A 10 5 3
South West North East
1NT Pass 3NT All Pass

Opening lead — ♠Q

Top Tricks

You have six top tricks and need three more before West can use his spades. If the missing clubs break 2-2, you can get three extra club tricks. If clubs break 3-1, you can succeed by losing a heart to the ace and finding a 3-3 diamond break.

Test the diamonds. If they break 3-3, force out the A. If not, play clubs and hope for good luck there.

Daily Question

You hold: ♠A 4 Q 6 5 K 7 5  ♣9 8 6 4 2.
Your partner opens 1♠, you respond 1NT, he bids 2 and you return to 2♠. Partner then bids 2NT. What do you say?

Your “false preference” of 2♠ showed fewer than 10 points and only a tolerance for spades, not real support. Knowing that, your partner bid again and so remains interested in game. Since you have a maximum hand for your previous bidding, go to 3NT and expect to make it.
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