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Bridge in Paradise: by Neil Robinson
 

“My partner is twenty years behind the times. He still thinks you need high cards to bid” Eddie Kantar
The deal this week shows how much opening bid standards have reduced, and how much there is to gain from getting your trump suit out early. It comes from the recent Mind Sports Games in Lille, France, with acknowledgements to Andrew Robson for reporting it. No one vulnerable, and South dealt.

 

  S: A5  
  H: Ak96  
  D: J42  
  C: KQJ2  
S: KJ64   S: 9832
H: 2   H:1083
D: K1098653   D: AQ7
C: 10   C: 854
  S: Q107  
  H: QJ754  
  D: -  
  C:A9763  

At table 1, South passed his nine HCP hand. West bid three diamonds, putting North in a quandary. He had to bid something with his strong hand. However he did not want to double, with only two spades. Eventually he bid three no trump, hoping South had some help for his half stop in diamonds. The lead was the ace of diamonds, followed by the queen and a low diamond. EW took the first seven tricks for three down. The bidding at table 2 was quite different:

South West North East
1H 2D 3D P
4D P 4S P
5C P 7H All pass

Here South opened his very light, but shapely, hand. North’s 3D cue bid shows good heart support. NS then cue bid controls in diamonds, spades and clubs. Finally, North went to grand slam. West led his singleton trump. It looks like you are bound to lose a spade trick. Can you see how to make the contract? The answer is a dummy reversal. Declarer won the lead in dummy with the king and ruffed a diamond in hand. Now he cashed the queen of hearts and returned to dummy with a club. Leaving the last trump out he ruffed a second diamond, and went back again to dummy with a club for a third diamond ruff with the last trump in hand. Now he returned to dummy with the ace of spades, pulled the last trump, and played out the clubs, throwing dummy’s losing spade. Grand slam made by way of four heart tricks, three diamond ruffs, five clubs and the ace of spades. Quite a swing between – 150 for NS at table one and + 1510 at table two, and all because of a light opening bid!
Bridge Club of Chiang Mai welcomes all players. We have members from seventeen different countries already. For information on the Club go to the web site www.bridgewebs.com/chiangmai. If you have bridge questions, or to send me your interesting hands, please contact me at: [email protected]



 
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