February 2018 English Bridge
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´ A J 8 7
™ A K 10 9 7 4
® 10 6 5
™ K 8 7
t K J 7 6 5 3
® Q 10 2
orth deals. The bidding is shown below.
What should North bid next at N/S Game,
and at E/W Game?
outh deals and bids 1™. West passes. What
should North bid with the following hand at
Love All, and at Love All, N-S 60 part-score?
2t at Love All, 6 points. The hand is too strong for
a simple raise to 2™.
2™ at Love All, 60 on, 6 points. 2t, 2 points.
Considerations of tactics apply here. The
opponents may well enter the bidding in view of
the score, and if North bids diamonds and
subsequently has to support hearts at a higher
level, the result may be unsatisfactory if South's
hearts are not particularly good. If he gives tepid
support to hearts in the first place and bids
diamonds later if necessary, the inference as to the
nature of this hand will become clear to South.
This question illustrates the significance of having a
part-score. I regard a 2t response to 1™ as
normal in the first scenario since it is the most
constructive way of developing the auction with a
view to bidding game. In the second scenario,
however, the aim is to clinch the game and 2™ is
the better tactical action, with a later diamond bid
in reserve: with the 60 part-score, a 2t response
might be interpreted as implying a hand with a
positive dislike for hearts.
A small heart, 12 points. It should occur at once to
East that South, with very little in the three other
suits, probably holds ace, king and knave of
hearts. If a spade is returned, and West, holding
the ace, ducks, as he should, South will be driven
to taking the finesse in hearts and will run home
2´ - 6 points in each case. To leave in a double with
a void in the trump suit is rarely good policy
when the contract is a low one, expecially in a case
W N E S
1™ 2t Dble
W N E S
1t Pass 1™
Pass 2t Pass 2NT
´ K 9 5
t A K J 10 8
® K 10 8 4
´ Q 10 3
™ Q 8 7
t 9 6 5 2
® A Q 3
he bidding is shown below. West leads the
´6, North plays the ´5, East plays the ´Q
and South plays the ´2. What should East
play at the second trick, and why?
such as this, when South may well have made a
'light' double. The real problem is not whether to
pass, but what to bid. 2™ does not do justice to the
power of the hand. 3™ may well result in a spade
game being missed. North is best advised to bid
2´ with a view to rebidding the hearts later, if
The double of 2t in this question is penalty but did
not guarantee an enormous trump holding. As
'Skid' Simon commented in Why You Lose at
Bridge, 'Arrange with as many of your partners as
you can to treat all business doubles at the one or
two level as purely tentative.' He suggested that,
holding: ´x ™Kxxx tJ9x ®AQxxx
a penalty double of a 2t overcall of partner's 1´
opening was 'the only possible bid'. In the light of
this, it is fairly clear to remove partner's penalty
double of 2t and 2´ is the best choice.
Nowadays, if partner passed over the overcall,
opener would reopen with a double: although a
void in trumps is not ideal, the hand has plenty of
defensive tricks should partner wish to pass the