28 English Bridge August 2017 www.ebu.co.uk
n bridge your distribution and fit with partner
is just as important as the number of high cards
you possess in determining what contract you
can make. Here is a hand played in a county league
match where the side that was heavily outgunned in
high cards could make the highest level contract.
initial double had shown all her values and so
passed on the next round because she was worried
about her side getting too high.
Barmy Brian, sitting North, doubled 4´ thinking
Olly for once might have some points. But no, Olly,
fearing she might have to defend a hand with Brian
chanced 5t. She was unsure whether four spades or
five diamonds would make but if one of them did
she would show a nice profit and in any case she
much preferred to play the hand.
West, with thirteen points opposite an opening
bid, doubled firmly but there was no defence as Olly
had eight diamonds tricks and three more in hearts
to score up her game. Olly's initial double was pushy
but generally it is the hand with shortage that needs
to bid. The final decision to pull partner's double
was finely balanced. Brian was known to be short in
spades and doubling with general strength.
At the other table East also found the same
dubious 1® opening, but his side sailed into 4´
without any opposition bidding when the
vulnerability dissuaded South from entering the
fray. An initial club lead would have seen an easy set.
South ruffs the lead, returns to partner with a heart
for a second ruff and there is still the diamond ace.
It is hard to assign too much blame to the actual
™A lead. Next came a diamond to the ace and
another heart. Technical Tim ruffed and tried a top
trump getting the bad news. Reasoning that North
could not have two voids and keep silent during the
auction, Tim ruffed a diamond in dummy and
advanced a low club.
Ruffing in would be tantamount to surrendering
so South discarded a diamond. Tim won the ace and
drew the remaining trumps which forced North to
discard down to the bare ™K and ®J-9-4. Then he
led a club towards the ®K-Q-7 forcing North to
split with the nine. Tim simply exited with dummy's
™Q leaving North end-played and forced to
concede the last two club tricks. Easy for the master
Passive v Aggressive by Graham Osborne
N/S Game. Dealer East.
™ A K 7 3
t 8 7 6 5 2
® J 9 4 3
´ A Q J 8 4 ´ K 9 7 2
™ 10 ™ Q 9 8 5
t Q 4 t J
® A 10 8 6 2 ® K Q 7 5
´ 10 6 5 3
™ J 6 4 2
t A K 10 9 3
® - N
West North East South
Solid Barmy Carefree Optimistic
Stan Brian Chris Olly
1´ 2® 2´ Pass
4´ Dble Pass 5t
Dble All Pass
East, Carefree Chris, the dealer started with 1®.
This had little to recommend it, 4441 shapes lack
playing strength and the scant values included a
singleton jack. South, Optimistic Olly (short for
Olivia), who always seemed to find potential in
whatever cards she held, doubled, with few points
but attractive playing shape. West introduced his
spades and a competitive battle ensued with both
sides unearthing a double fit.
North's 2® bid was like a responsive double
showing support for both red suits. Olly felt that the
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