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The Two-minute Interview When to
Baroness Ruth Henig
of Lancaster prefer 3NT
of a major
BUCKETLOADS of match-points rest on
the 3NT vs 4♥/4♠ decision. Contrary to
BARONESS Ruth Henig of Lancaster
public opinion, there is more case for The 4♥ game – reached via Stayman –
was a distinguished academic before
playing 3NT as opposed to the eight-card will make eleven tricks. It will lose the
taking up a political career that has
major-suit game at teams/rubber, as the black aces (a third diamond going on an
led to her being made a life peer in
major-suit needs to play for two more extra winner in a black-suit).
2004. She is currently Chairman of
tricks for there to be a material difference. 3NT also rates to make eleven tricks –
the Security Industry Authority, and
At pairs, though, just one more trick unless West hits upon an unlikely diamond
still lectures and writes on 20th
and the major-suit must be trumps (for opening lead. On the normal spade lead to
century international history.
the extra 20 points). There are many ways East’s ace, declarer has ample time to
How did you start playing bridge? that this extra trick can be achieved, the knock out the ace of clubs and make the
I played Solo Whist at university, so most obvious being a ruff in the short (or same eleven tricks as 4♥ – scoring a
when I got married and saw my in-laws equal length) trump hand. This will occur crucial extra 10 points in the process and
play bridge I thought I could easily learn if you have, for example, A-K-4 facing a 85% of the match-points.
and enjoy the game. I did not take les- small doubleton; but it will not occur if
sons but started straight at a club where you have A-K-4 facing queen-doubleton.
I learned by humiliation, doing badly So my guideline would be to play in a 4-4 Andrew’s Tip: Play in a 4-4 major fit
for quite some time! major-fit game unless you have comfort- unless you have comfortably the
How often do you play? ably the values for game (say 27+ high- values for game (say 27+ high-card
About once a week, either at the House card points), and no suit worse than Q-x. points), and no suit worse than Q-x.
of Lords (I am the Secretary of the HOL In that case, play 3NT. In that case, play 3NT.
Bridge Club), or at Young Chelsea.
When I am in Lancaster, I play at the
Lancaster Bridge Club. N/S Game. Dealer South. Make North’s queen of spades into the
What does bridge mean to you? ♠Q2 queen of diamonds, though, and he should
It gives me the opportunity to escape ♥AJ32 bid Stayman because of his spade weakness
into a parallel universe which is chal- ♦K72 and likely ruffing value. Alternatively, make
lenging and competitive, but also fun. ♣KQ96 his queen of clubs into the two of clubs, and
If you could change one thing about ♠ 10 8 7 5 3 ♠A96 he should also bid Stayman: with marginal
bridge, what would it be? ♥ 10 8 4
♥96 game values, there is such a likelihood that
♦ Q 10 8 S ♦J964 there will be an extra trick in a 4-4 fit that it
The boorish behaviour of one or two
♣ A7 ♣8532 is worth giving information away in the
opponents – no names mentioned!
♠KJ4 quest to see if such a fit exists.
What are your other hobbies? ♥KQ75
Fell walking, gardening, watching foot- ♦A53
ball (I support Leicester City), wine ♣ J 10 4 YOUNG CHELSEA
appreciation and especially Sudoku.
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