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Bridge in Paradise: by Neil Robinson

This is another deal from a Bridge Club of Chiang Mai pairs game. I chose it to write about because of the variety of contracts reached. East-West were vulnerable and South dealt.

The start of the bidding was probably the same at all tables—South passes and West opens a weak two spades. At one table the contract played by West was three spades, making eleven tricks. It seems rather unadventurous of East, with such a big hand, to allow the bidding to stop short of game. At another table, East-West reached four spades and made twelve tricks (six spades, five diamonds and the ace of clubs). When it came to the table where I was sitting North, there was no such quiet bidding—the final contract was a doubled grand slam in hearts by North-South. This is how it went:

You can tell there were no bashful bidders at our table. West opened a weak two spades. My North hand looked like it had only four losers—two spades and the aces of hearts and clubs. My partner had already passed, so I went straight to 4H, hoping my partner could cover one of these losers. East was having none of this. He looked at his controls (three aces and a singleton) and points and went directly to slam—an excellent bid. Now it was up to my partner to take the bit in his teeth. South saw five hearts (and no defence) in his hand and bid grand slam as a non-vulnerable sacrifice. Not surprisingly, this got doubled. East led the ace of clubs followed by the ace of diamonds (the ace of spades would have been better, but who would expect a first round diamond ruff!). This was ruffed in hand, trumps pulled and board’s spades were thrown on the good clubs. Twelve tricks made for down only one—a good result thanks to South’s 7H bid.
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Bridge in Paradise