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may not be necessary for him also to hold
Because declarer has to be able to cash Wine, cheese and some great hands
three hearts, he starts by doing just that.
THE official opening of a new EBU- of all standards are welcomed and sup-
Now a diamond to dummy and a club
styled ‘Learn and Play’ club, Count to 13, ported equally. Each week there will be a
ruff, a second diamond to dummy and,
Kingshill, Kent, incorporated a ‘Play with section for more experienced players and
with West known to hold a fourth heart,
the Expert’ event. Sandra Landy was the another for improvers. The latter will
dummy’s heart winner is cashed while the
guest of honour, accompanied by seven start with a fifteen-minute talk focussing
last diamond is thrown from hand.
other top players who have represented on a particular topic, followed by a 16-
Finally, a club is ruffed and the ten of
England at some time in the past. Other board Pairs duplicate with hands
spades led for the endplay.
distinguished guests included Barry illustrating the theme of the week.
Had West held only three hearts,
Capal and Sally Bugden of the EBU. Count to 13 B.C. meets on Mondays.
declarer would have had to cash a third
The club’s aim is to ensure that players Details on www.count213.com.
diamond instead of the fourth heart.
♥10 6 4 3
♠ J 10 8 ♠Q96
♦ 10 9 7 S ♦J532
♣ 853 ♣ A K Q J 10 4
North-South have done quite well to stop
in only 4♥ with a nine-card fit and such
controls and playing potential. West leads Sandra Landy (right) and Gerald Tredinnick
a club in response to East’s overcall and playing against East-West winners Molly Cooke and John Walker
East wins then plays two more top clubs.
It pays to be a pessimist whenever your
contract looks to be easy, as here, and if
declarer plays too quickly he will go
down on the above layout. The only
CHANGES TO THE ORANGE BOOK:
threat to the contract is a 4-0 trump split
and, with East marked with long clubs, it
will surely be West who has the length
should hearts break so unkindly. IN the current Orange Book there were Examples:
It is important that declarer ruffs the changes to the rules for Strong Openings to
(a) ♠ A K Q J x x x x ♥ x x ♦ x x ♣ x
third club in hand. West follows and stop the unfortunate habit of players using
does count as eight clear-cut tricks.
declarer cashes a top heart, discovering a 2♣ opening as a pre-empt when a hand
(b) ♠ A K Q x x x x x ♥ x x ♦ x x ♣ x
that West has all the trumps. Ace, king and has eight playing tricks but is not a strong
a diamond ruff is followed by ace, king hand. Unfortunately, this excluded some
and a spade ruff. A diamond from hand hands that would normally be opened by It thus is illegal to play a 2♣ opening that
an Acol Two even when played tradition- may show any suit and a hand weaker
forces West to ruff high but now he is
ally, for example: than the above. However, a 2♥ opening
that shows hearts could be played as
At trick eleven, the heart ten would now ♠ 4 ♥ A Q J 10 9 8 7 2 ♦ Void ♣ A J 5 3
weaker than above, but should be an-
have been bare and declarer down to all As a result, the definition of the minimum nounced as ‘Intermediate to Strong,
trumps. When he led a low trump, West strength for a Strong opening has been forcing’ (or ‘non-forcing’). Similarly, it is
could win the jack and the queen-nine altered from 1st August 2007 to any of: permitted to announce a weaker opening
would be equals against the king-eight that covers more than one category as
(a) Subject to proper disclosure, a hand
after the ten had fallen under the jack. ‘Weak to Intermediate’ (see page 13).
that contains as a minimum the
I like this example, because the key play normal high-card strength associated Note: the definition of minimum strength
is made before declarer becomes aware of with a one-level opening and at least for Strong Openings also applies to
the bad trump split. This type of careful eight clear cut tricks, or: Strong Clubs, Either/or Clubs (e.g. Polish),
play really deserves to be rewarded by a lie (b) Any hand meeting the Rule of 25, or: Strong Diamonds, and Strong (artificial)
of the cards that makes it necessary. (c) Any hand of at least 16 HCPs. No-trumps (e.g. Romex, Vienna).
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