There are a lot of praiseworthy charities out there that do an incredible job of trying to feed the world’s starving children — perhaps we might be able to get one of them to do something about starving bridge players.
Like today’s North whose takeout double (even in the pass-out seat where values will often be shaded a tad) looks like one of the hungriest such doubles we’ll ever see.
At least it provided a veritable feast for his opponents, especially West, whose previous pass had a concealed hand better than either North or South held.
So that when South took a reasonable shot at three notrump, West was ready with a sound penalty double and followed up with a very effective opening lead.
Declarer won the club Queen to play a spade to the ten and Queen for the club King to come back to force out the ace. A second spade went to the King and ace and West was in to enjoy cashing three club winners while East pitched his last small spade, one diamond and two little hearts.
So that when West exited with his heart to the Queen, King and ace, the defense could rest — with all of the remaining tricks! For those not keeping track of the carnage, that was one heart trick and two clubs for declarer as he was squeezed on the run of the clubs and had to unguard one red suit or the other!
1700! Maybe South should have passed the takeout double and defended — two hearts would likely have brought in one doubled and vulnerable overtrick — a mere 870 for East-West — what a savings!
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