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Bridge in Paradise: by Neil Robinson

My partner and I were the unwary victims of this hand recently. South dealt and all were vulnerable. I was sitting North. The N-S hands and the bidding are shown below:

We were playing Roman Key Card Blackwood, in which there are five key cards, the four aces and the king of trumps. South’s 5N response shows two or four key cards and a void. Since I had two key cards (diamond ace and spade king), I knew that he had two, not four and we were missing an ace. In view of the length of my suit I guessed his void was in diamonds. What would you bid at this point? I had been thinking about bidding 6N. However, my partner’s void in diamonds made my good diamond suit look to be of little value in no trump. Consequently I bid six spades.
West led a low spade to the ace in East’s hand. Back came a heart, which West ruffed! Excellent lead from East, but who would expect hearts to split 6-6-1-0? So the contract was down one. To add insult to injury no one else was in slam at all, even though N-S clearly should be at the six level. After all, six no trump played by North is cold against any defence, scoring five top hearts, four top spades after the ace has gone, two top clubs and the ace of diamonds. Six spades only fails because of the extreme distribution in hearts. So we bid it well and got a bottom! Is there no justice? I can see that I’ll have to make more frequent sacrifices to the bridge gods in future in order to get their favour. The full deal is shown below:

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

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Bridge in Paradise