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Vol. XIII No.21 - Sunday October 19, 2014 - Saturday November 1, 2014


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Bridge in Paradise: by Neil Robinson
 

Here is another bidding challenge. West deals with no one vulnerable. Imagine you are sitting South. The bidding starts as shown below—what do you bid at your turn?

Your partner doubled for takeout, asking you to bid a suit. If East had passed, then you would have had to bid something. Since East bid, you are off the hook and can pass. You have a fairly poor five point hand. Do you bid or do you pass?
Assume you pass. West likes his hand (with a fit for East’s hearts, good long diamonds and a singleton club) and goes straight to four hearts. The contract makes, provided declarer finesses North for the queen of trumps, which is indicated because it was North who did the bidding. EW take four hearts and six diamonds, losing only two spade tricks and a club. Ten tricks made for 420 against you.
Now assume you bid one spade, since your partner should have four spades for the takeout double. West still bids four hearts but North can now overcall four spades since he knows you have something in the suit. You finesse successfully for the king of spades and lose only two hearts and one diamond. You take four spade tricks, five clubs and a diamond ruff on board. Again ten tricks made but this time for 420 your way, a swing of 840. This is one of those deals, surprisingly common, where both sides can make game. The moral of the story is that, if you want to be on the side making game rather than conceding it, then you need to bid, particularly if you think you have a fit with partner, and (within limits) no matter how bad your hand is!
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 website www.bridgewebs.com/chiangmai.



 
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