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Bridge in Paradise: by Neil Robinson
 

In my last column I described a hand with interesting bidding (no fewer than five cue bids in just one hand) from a Contract Bridge League of Thailand (CBLT) teams event. Here is another hand from this event with interesting bidding and a moral at the end. Plan how you might bid each of the hands with your favourite partner. West dealt and no one was vulnerable:

The 1C and 1H bids by West and North are routine. East’s pass seems a little spineless—with that distribution I would bid 5C to try and get in the way of the opponents, in spite of holding only three points. 4C by South is a splinter showing a game going hand in hearts and a singleton or void in clubs. Now East finally bids 5C (but too late to get in the way of the opposition). South cue bid the ace of diamonds. North tries to sign off in 5H, thinking they may be missing two aces (spades and clubs). With his void, South goes on to 6H over East’s 6C. However, West is having none of this and sacrifices in 7C doubled.

West made an excellent sacrifice. 6H by North makes unless East leads a diamond at the opening. Without a diamond lead, North pulls trumps, forces out the ace of spades and throws his second diamond on South’s fifth spade. 7C doubled probably goes down only two, for -300 instead of -980 if N-S made their slam. With a heart opening lead and if declarer guesses right in diamonds, 7C is off only one, losing just the ace of diamonds (with the losing spade going away on dummy’s long diamonds). The moral of this hand, according to the CBLT Bridge News is: “when you are in doubt, don’t let your opponents play the hand”. West certainly took this moral to heart!

I would like to hear from readers about their favourite hands—please do contact me at [email protected] 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.


 
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