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
I would like to hear from readers about their favourite hands—please do
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