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8 English Bridge February 2016 www.ebu.co.uk

WELCOME to our new editor Lou. To mark her

arrival, I am altering my theme somewhat to focus

on those ever-so-common conundrums of the

competitive auction: whether to pass, double or bid

on. The emphasis will continue to be on

matchpointed-pairs, for that is the form of the game

I expect you mostly play, however not to the

exclusion of teams (and rubber).

This month's conundrum: You are East and the

bidding proceeds as follows (with neither side

vulnerable):

South West North East

1™ 1´ 4™ ?

Here are two possible - pretty similar - hands for

you to hold and my question is: what, if anything,

would you bid with either - Pass, Double or 4´?

Hand A Han (B)

�´ A632 ´� QJ42

� ™ QJ2 ™� 752

t 93 t 93

Clearly it's a two-way decision - you'll hardly

double as partner has shown no defensive strength

with their mere overcall. Have you made your

choice yet?

Let's have a look at a typical layout where you hold

Hand A.

As long as West leads sensibly - ie not a diamond

or a low club, 4™ stands no chance, losing a trick in

each suit. Four spades (doubled by North) would go

two down, losing two diamonds and a trick in each

other suit.

Now let's look at a similar layout where you, as

East, hold Hand B.

Love all. Dealer South.

´ Q 10 4

™ 8 5 4 3

t A Q 7 5 2

® Q

´ K J 8 7 5 ´ A 6 3 2

™ 10 ™ Q J 2

t K 10 8 t 9 3

® A J 10 9 ® 8 5 3 2

´ 9

™ A K 9 7 6

t J 6 4

® K 7 6 4

N

W E

S

Love all. Dealer South.

´ 8 5 3

™ K 10 6 4

t A J 7 5 2

® Q

´ A K 10 7 6 ´ Q J 4 2

™ J ™ 7 5 2

t K 10 8 t 9 3

® J 10 9 8 ® A 5 3 2

´ 9

™ A Q 9 8 3

t Q 6 4

® K 7 6 4

N

W E

S

Hand A Hand B

´ A 6 3 2 ´ Q J 4 2

™ Q J 2 ™ 7 5 2

t 9 3 t 9 3

® 8 5 3 2 ® A 5 3 2

Look at the Quacks by Andrew Robson

Double, Bid or Pass?

Double, Bid or Pass?

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