August 2018 English Bridge
that West was 5-5 in the two suits shown and having
three trumps as well, Olly deduced that West must
be void in hearts so she led the ™8 from dummy
following with the ™5 from hand when Chris played
low. Now it was a simple matter to knock out the
™A for the rest of the tricks.
What lessons can we learn from this hand? Firstly
two-suited bids are great but be aware that if you
end up defending you have laid out a blueprint for
declarer in how to play the hand. Carefree Chris'
defence was poor. Playing the ®Q to show the jack
was a waste of time because he knew a second
round of clubs wouldn't cash (the cue-bid
guaranteed 5-5 in the two suits).
Chris should have been desperate for a spade
switch which he knew must surely defeat the
contract so perhaps he should try the jack at trick
one to try and wake partner up (either partner must
have the ten or declarer will follow with the ten, so
partner will be able to work out the jack is an
Finally with the known big double fit it should
have been tempting for Chris to bid on over 5t.
This would be very right if either contract made. As
it happens it requires precise defence to defeat 5´.
Firstly, Olly would need to lead her singleton club,
win the first trump and underlead the tAK to put
partner in for a club ruff. As Olly is our hero, she
probably would have managed this! r
Bidding is a give-away click
N/S Game. Dealer South.
´ 6 4 2
™ 8 6 3
t Q 10 9 5 2
® 5 3
´ K J 9 8 3 ´ Q 10 7
™ - ™ A 10 4 2
t 10 6 2 t 4
® A K 10 6 4 ® Q J 9 8 7
´ A 5
™ K Q J 9 7 5
t A K 8 7
® 2 N
West North East South
Desperate Technical Carefree Optimistic
Dave Tim Chris Olly
2™ Pass 4´ Dble
Pass 4NT Pass 5t
by Graham Osborne
ave's 2™ bid was a variety of the Michaels
cue-bid but here it showed spades and
clubs explicitly. Carefree Chris jumped to
game in spades and Olly had enough to want to do
something, but unsure what to do she tried a
This wasn't a way to try and transfer the blame to
partner if he made the wrong choice but rather an
intelligent way to involve partner in the decision to
either bid a red suit or possibly defend 4´ doubled.
When Technical Tim offered a choice of the red
suits with 4NT, Olly chose diamonds.
Dave led the ®A and when Chris played the
queen, tried an underlead of the ®K looking for a
heart ruff. This was all the help Olly needed. She
ruffed the second round of clubs and drew three
rounds of trumps, finishing in dummy and noted
that West had followed to all three rounds. Knowing