BRIDGE

National Post (Latest Edition) - - WEEKEND DIVERSIONS - By Paul Thurston Feed­back al­ways wel­come at tweedguy@gmail.com

Dis­ci­pline in the bid­ding means never hav­ing to say you’re sorry!

South’s sparse col­lec­tion cer­tainly fits the mold of a weak jump shift re­sponse for most ad­vo­cates of that treat­ment: six or more cards in the bid-suit with over­call val­ues that wouldn’t ex­ceed what you’d have for a (very) weak two-bid as opener. Not for the faint of heart!

And faint South’s heart must have been when he con­verted his part­ner’s choice of three notrump to four spades to vi­o­late a fun­da­men­tal bid­ding prin­ci­ple: A pre­emp­tor doesn’t make a vol­un­tary sec­ond bid.

Partly from elim­i­nat­ing any other choice as less at­trac­tive, West picked a fourth-best club for his open­ing lead to im­me­di­ately con­front de­clarer with at least four losers.

South might have tried a sec­ond-round di­a­mond fi­nesse to get rid of his club loser, but he played with less imag­i­na­tion to end down only one for the loss of two spades, one heart and the club es­tab­lished by the open­ing lead.

But how about North’s choice for the fi­nal con­tract?

Thanks to South’s ten of heart be­ing a great com­bin­ing value and East’s al­mostcer­tain open­ing lead of a low di­a­mond against the ninet­rick game, North would have skated for home with one spade trick, four hearts, three di­a­monds and the ace of clubs.

Of course, South couldn’t know all of those good things were go­ing to hap­pen in three notrump, but he should have known that his part­ner had made the fi­nal choice for the part­ner­ship.

Much bet­ter for South to have said “pass” at the crit­i­cal junc­ture of the auc­tion than “sorry, part­ner” af­ter the com­ple­tion of the play in four spades!

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