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2006 - 2015

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If you have an interesting hand associated in some way with the club that you would like to present on this page please send an e-mail to alaric@mountnessingbridgeclub.org.uk. Please include all four hands, vulnerability, board number / section, date, the bidding, and your thoughts on the bidding and play. The editor reserves the right to edit the submitted commentary.

Grovelling apologies

  1. Apologies that other pressures have dictated that updates to this page are currently (2013) occurring fairly irregularly.
  2. Apologies that at present the pages linked from this index are in a mixture of formats:
    • The very oldest documents - those earlier than November 2010 - were originally written in Microsoft Word or Microsoft FrontPage, and may not display properly in many popular web browsers as they are riddled with Microsoft-specific idiosyncracies.
    • Some are in PDF Format - they should display OK, but they may take longer to 'download'
    • Those written between December 2010 and October 2012 were originally written in LIbreOffice writer; they should display properly and quickly, but they look a bit 'clumsy'
    • The most recent ones have been written as 'dynamic HTML documents' in the same 'green and yellow' format as many other pages on this website, and they should display clearly, properly, and load quickly in any browser
    • I have started a (very slow and tedious) process of re-writing the older ones to this website's current standards as introduced from November 2012 - but it is a slow process!!!
A number of the hands featured on this page are labelled as 'Board 13'. The idea was - now somewhat lapsed due to other pressures - that it doesn't matter if it was a flat 1NT board or an exhilarating slam that required some master play, or a really neat bit of defence - whatever turns up on the night!

Please note: (nearly) all the links on this page were updated (14/11/2010) in order to facilitate future management of this section. If you get any error messages please let me know - alaric@mountnessingbridgeclub.org.uk

Date Category Title
Other Two possible slams for both sides - one each should fail, one will make!!
Other If you mess up a conventional bid then often proper Bridge etiquette will take you to a farcical disaster
Other Another fine slam - another fine play....
Other An elegant double squeeze brings home a slam....
Board 13 In a 'doomed' contract, try to confuse your opponents... [Created using LibreOffice]
Other Freezing weather - time for a "frozen suit"... [Created using LibreOffice]
Other The Director's Deal... [Created using LibreOffice]
Other A grand hand... [Created using LibreOffice]
19/11/2010 Other An elegant squeeze to gain a precious overtrick (thanks to Frank Morrison) [Created using LibreOffice]
26/10/2010 Other One to "Dine Out" on... [PDF Format]
23/04/2010 Other Optimism is not recommended at Match-Pointed pairs! [PDF Format]
19/01/2010 Other The Christmas Slam - From the Christmas Party [Display issues]
15/01/2010 Other That was a great save partners, with your 27 high card points... From the Gold Cup [Display issues]
12/10/2009 Other A weird hand - game values, but difficult to bid and difficult to play [Display issues]
25/09/2009 Other An elegant criss-cross squeeze [Display issues]
25/09/2009 Other A 'Baronial' outcome... [Display issues]
25/09/2009 Other Lazy play #2 [Display issues]
25/09/2009 Other Lazy play #1 [Display issues]
04/09/2009 Other A 'grand' way to win the championship! [Created using LibreOffice]
06/08/2009 Other The non-fitter of the year? [PDF Format]
06/08/2009 Other "Points" do not necessarily point accurately! [PDF Format]
06/08/2009 Other Brilliant play- but a pity about the bidding! [PDF Format]
17/07/2009 Other What is the difference between the 8 and the 4? [Display issues]
08/05/2009 Other An opening lead problem... - a hand from the Swiss Pairs, Jersey Congress 2009 [Display issues]
06/03/2009 Board 13 Question the textbooks!!! [Display issues]
22/02/2009 Other Get home safely (on a snowy night) [Display issues]
18/01/2009 Board 13 Off-beat bid sends partner off-course... [Display issues]
09/01/2009 Other An amusing tale - an account provided by Mike Graham [Display issues]
09/01/2009 Other The four suit squeeze - a hand presented by Ian Moss [Display issues]
08/01/2009 Other Christmas Presence where Declarer showed presence of mind at the Christmas Party [Display issues]
30/10/2008 Other The (un) Grand Slam a disastrous board from the Fletcher Trophy [Display issues]
30/10/2008 Other A rabbit out of the hat - a successful board from the Fletcher Trophy [Display issues]
30/10/2008 Other A neat play from club night on October 23rd [Display issues]
21/10/2008 Other What a time to find a masterly deception... [Display issues]
21/10/2008 Other Easy to play, not so easy to bid... [Display issues]
19/09/2008 Board 13 Bid misfits cautiously [Display issues]
05/09/2008 Other Pre-empts and 'miracles' [Display issues]
05/09/2008 Other The Unlucky expert... [Display issues]
21/08/2008 Other Perfect for Exclusion... [Display issues]
21/08/2008 Board 13 Dodgy overcalls - and entries to Dummy [Display issues]
12/08/2008 Board 13 One No Trump and all that... [Display issues]
01/08/2008 Other Little hands can provide interest... [Display issues]
10/06/2008 Board 13 What does 4NT mean over the opponents' pre-emptive opening? [Display issues]
06/06/2008 Other Probably a problem... [Display issues]
06/06/2008 Other When the wheels come off ... land on your feet! A hand from the ECBA Gwen Herga Men's Pairs Championship [Display issues]
25/05/2008 Other Look after the 'pips'... [Display issues]
07/04/2008 Other More about (missed) alerts... [Display issues]
27/03/2008 Other A neat end-play - unfortunately it was missed! [Display issues]
27/03/2008 Board 13 A boring 1NT board ?? [Display issues]
14/02/2008 Board 13 A question of tricks [Display issues]
07/02/2007 Board 13 How on earth did that happen? [Display issues]
31/01/2008 Other Read the opening lead, plan accordingly [Display issues]
11/01/2008 Board 13 A real battle ... [Display issues]
06/01/2008 Board 13 Disciplined bidding.... [Display issues]
21/12/2007 Other Bid like Andrew Robson, lead like Zia Mahmood... [Display issues]
06/12/2007 Board 13 Win some, lose some... [Display issues]
29/11/2007 Other The "Train Wreck" [Display issues]
29/11/2007 Board 13 A Teacher's nightmare... [Display issues]
22/11/2007 Board 13 Fortune favours the brave [Display issues]
15/11/2007 Other Squeeze that extra trick... [Display issues]
08/11/2007 Board 13 Play with the odds - but defend well! [Display issues]
26/10/2007 Other A critical decision [Display issues]
23/10/2007 Other Featured hands from the National Crockfords Plate, provided by club member Tim Prior, a member of the winning team. [PDF Format]
18/10/2007 Other Is it the right king? [PDF Format]
18/10/2007 Board 13 Sweat and tears - probably! [Display issues]
11/10/2007 Other An unlikely contract... [Display issues]
04/10/2007 Board 13 Opening 1NT with a 5-card major [Display issues]
27/09/2007 Board 13 Bid well, defend well.. [Display issues]
20/09/2007 Board 13 You never know what will happen at other tables... [Display issues]
14/09/2007 Other He who hesitates is lost [Display issues]
14/09/2007 Board 13 Only eight high card points? [Display issues]
13/09/2007 Other The Precision 2 Clubs opening [Display issues]
06/09/2007 Board 13 Lessons from a part-score hand [Display issues]
21/08/2007 Other BIG HANDS PLEASE SIMPLE MINDS! From the Brighton Congress, 2007 [Display issues]
16/08/2007 Board 13 The textbooks are right! [Display issues]
09/08/2007 Board 13 NOT a featureless, easy hand... [Display issues]
02/08/2007 Board 13 Shuffle well... [Display issues]
26/07/2007 Board 13 Beware of false gifts... [Display issues]
19/07/2007 Board 13 Confessions of a Tournament Director [Display issues]
12/07/2007 Board 13 Inverted minor raises - and opening leads and signals! [Display issues]
28/06/2007 Board 13 Have a heart, partner [Display issues]
21/06/2007 Board 13 Match-pointed pairs, or Teams of Four? [Display issues]
14/06/2007 Board 13 Who wants a "par" result? [Display issues]
07/06/2007 Board 13 Bid boldly, play safe... [Display issues]
31/05/2007 Board 13 What is ten, nine, eight in a side-suit worth? [Display issues]
24/05/2007 Board 13 A defensive problem on a part-score board with a bad trump break [Display issues]
17/05/2007 Board 13 An effective pre-empt! [Display issues]
14/05/2007 Other Having high card points does not always lead to success [Display issues]
10/05/2007 Board 13 Get that all-important overtrick! [Display issues]
30/04/2007 Board 13 An excellent (potential) slam [Display issues]
30/04/2007 Other Sometimes a non-scientific approach works best [Display issues]
16/04/2007 Board 13 Pre-emptive openings [Display issues]
10/04/2007 Board 13 Opening 1NT with a 5-card suit - part 1 [Display issues]
10/04/2007 Board 13 Opening 1NT with a 5-card suit - part 2 [Display issues]
01/04/2007 Board 13 How to get an average score... [Display issues]
01/03/2007 Board 13 The importance of the two of diamonds... [Display issues]
22/02/2007 Board 13 What would you bid? [Display issues]
15/02/2007 Board 13 An awkward opening bid [Display issues]
01/02/2007 Board 13 Defence to 1NT - natural or otherwise? [Display issues]
25/01/2007 Board 13 Part-score interest [Display issues]
18/01/2007 Board 13 Another nightmare on Board 13... [Display issues]
12/01/2007 Other Hands played in the Mary Rogers Trophy (Jan 07) [PDF Format]
12/01/2007 Other Several interesting points! [Display issues]
11/01/2007 Board 13 How was this excellent slam bid? [Display issues]
04/01/2007 Board 13 Bid boldly, play safe! [Updated on 16/03/2013]
21/12/2006 Board 13 Missed chances! [Display issues]
21/12/2006 Board 13 Party tricks [Display issues]
14/12/2006 Board 13 The 'flat board' that wasn't very 'flat'! [Display issues]
13/12/2006 Other To double or not to double? PART 1: How to help Declarer! [Display issues]
13/12/2006 Other To double or not to double? PART 2: That'll teach you to bid on rubbish! [Display issues]
07/12/2006 Board 13 You never know what will happen at the other table(s)! [Updated on 16/03/2013]
30/11/2006 Board 13 A bidding challenge - and a card play challenge! [Updated on 09/03/2013]
23/11/2006 Board 13 All the best laid plans... [Updated on 09/03/2013]
11/11/2006 Other Hands played in the Windmill Trophy ( Nov 06), with commentary on 1-26 [PDF Format]
20/09/2006 Other A Dummy Reversal play [Updated on 09/03/2013]
02/06/2006 Other An unhappy 3NT contract [Created using LibreOffice]

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