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Pairs Tactics by Andrew Robson

Be Bold When Protecting

AFTER TWO passes, you are in the West North East South to 3´ over the opponents’ 3™. Ever. He

protective, or balancing seat. If you pass, 1™ must remember that you couldn’t act over

the bidding is over. Because of this, you Pass 2™ Pass Pass 1™, so do not have a good hand.

should generally be bolder and normal ? Hand B: double. You were short of high

criteria for bids are loosened – hence why cards to do this over 1™, but the fact that

you are in what is sometimes referred to as the opponents have found a fit means that

‘the Cheat Seat’. Hand A Hand B your side almost certainly has a fit (if the

Bold protecting can backfire, however. ´ 97432 ´ Q953 opponents have an eight-card fit, you will

This is not so much because the oppo- ™ 952 ™ 85 always have an eight-card – or better – fit

nents suddenly wake up and bid game t AJ85 t K742 too, unless you have three seven-card fits).

(although that may happen if they ® K ® A96 And the fact that they have stopped at a

unearth a fit that had remained hidden low level means that your side likely holds

until your protection). Generally, if the Hand C close to half the points in the pack.

opponents thought they could make ´ A 10 Hand C: 3®. More dangerous than

game, you would not find yourself in the ™ 9543 Hands A and B because you’re at the

protective position (below game level). t 98 three level – and you would probably

The main danger of protecting is that your ® KJ984 have reluctantly to pass if you were vul-

side has insufficient values and no good fit nerable. However, letting the opponents

and instead of bidding one more (which is play undisturbed in 2™ simply isn’t win-

what you normally hope they’ll do), the Answers ning pairs tactics. Your four small hearts

opponents stop off and double you. are interesting: partner rates to have a

Yes, you should worry a bit about this Hand A: you should protect with 2´. Yes, singleton. Therefore partner has twelve

danger of being doubled after a light you might be doubled in the proverbial outside cards and you’d be very unlucky

protection. But we are back to that familiar voice of thunder and ‘go for a number’. Pay to find him with fewer than three clubs.

pairs principle: do not worry about the odd off to those rare occasions. Most of the If, after you bid 3®, it goes (Double) –

disaster if most of the time your action time, you’ll push the opponents to 3™. Pass – (Pass) – back to you, you’ve

works out. It’s frequency of gain, not Maybe they will make it – in which case probably earned your side a zero. But

amount of gain, which is all-important at your protection has achieved nothing (but those occasions will be far fewer than

pairs: how often, not by how much. cost nothing); maybe, though, they’ll go those where you push the opponents to

Now, an exercise for you. You are West down. And now your protection has gained 3™, then beat it by a trick.

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