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West North East South

Pass 1t Pass 2®

Pass 2t Pass 2NT

Pass 3t Pass 3NT

Pass Pass Dble Redble

All Pass

Game All. Dealer West.

´ A 8 7

™ 9 5

t K Q 9 8 7 3

® Q 3

´ 9 3 ´ K Q J 2

™ Q J 10 8 3 ™ 7 6 2

t 4 t A J 6 5 2

® J 10 9 8 2 ® 7

´ 10 6 5 4

™ A K 4

t 10

® A K 6 5 4

N

W E

S

W

est led the t4. East won with the ace and

switched to the ´K. South won with

dummy's ace, cleared the diamonds and

made the redoubled contract for the loss of two

tricks in diamonds and two in spades.

After the hand had been played a discussion

ensued between the four players. Certain comments

have been printed in italics and numbered. You are

asked to classify them as A. a sensible observation,

B. an erroneous, ignorant or irrational observation,

or C. an observation, not in itself unreasonable, but

justified only through a knowledge of all four

hands:

THE POST MORTEM

East: Sorry for the double, partner, but (1) I think

you might have led the ™Q.

West: If you hadn't doubled, I should of course

have led a heart, (2) but since you had, I was

obliged to lead dummy's suit.

North: (3) Even if I've bid it three times?

West: Well, I believe in trusting my partner rather

than the opponents. I obey orders and if things go

wrong it's not my fault.

East: (4) I didn't regard my double as an order. It

merely expressed a belief that they couldn't make

the contract. Obviously to justify that belief, I

must hold some good diamonds, but not

necessarily good enough to want them led.

South: I'm inclined to agree. (5) If he wanted a

diamond lead, he would have doubled 3t. (6) A

heart lead doesn't break the contract, though.

East: (7) I'm not so sure. On the first heart trick, I

should drop the ™2. What would that have

conveyed to you, West?

West: (8) I should have regarded it as a Suit

Preference Signal, demanding a switch to clubs.

South: H'm. Must be a lot of clubs in this pack. (9)

Still, I suppose from West's point of view, my

club bid might have been psychic.

East: Might have been! (10) But if you haven't any

clubs and I am presumed to hold the rest of the

diamonds, it's odd that you've never bid spades.

North: (11) A club switch by West wouldn't be

bad, if South holds off the first heart.

South: Nice of you, North. My dummy play does

sometimes rise above text-book rules of thumb.

North: Sorry, old man. (12) But seriously, your

bidding wasn't exactly a text-book model.

South: (13) I admit the redouble was a bit flighty.

North: I wasn't referring to that. (14) It's your 3NT

bid I dislike.

West: (15) But look at his hand! He had four

honour tricks and a 5-card suit.

North (16) Maybe, but if he fancied his hand so

much, he should have bid 3NT directly over my

2t.

East: (17) Quite. Bidding the hand his way simply

invites a double if the hand is a misfit.

West: (18) I think North ought to have passed

2NT. (19) After all, he hasn't really got an

opening bid and he shouldn't rebid his hand.

70 English Bridge August 2018 www.ebu.co.uk

BLAST FROM THE PAST - November 1946

THE POST MORTEM

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