She was backed into a suc­cess­ful cor­ner

Sherbrooke Record - - CLASSIFIED - By Phillip Alder

Pink Floyd’s al­bum “Um­magumma” in­cludes a track ti­tled “A Saucer­ful of Se­crets.” This deal from a du­pli­cate hides a lot of se­crets in plain sight. What do you think of the auc­tion given, and what should East do now?

Ev­ery other West opened two hearts, where, in se­cond po­si­tion, you prom­ise a text­book hand be­cause one op­po­nent has al­ready passed. This East-west pair, though, likes frisky pre-empts; West judged his hand too good for two hearts. Then, over North’s take­out dou­ble, East re­dou­bled to show 10-plus points and deny four hearts. When South passed, West re­bid two hearts to warn of min­i­mum or sub­min­i­mum val­ues — a good de­scrip­tion.

North’s se­cond dou­ble was crazy. South was marked with a weak hand (from the logic of the auc­tion) and no long suit (be­cause he passed over East’s re­dou­ble). If North had sen­si­bly passed, prob­a­bly East-west would have ended in four hearts. How would that have got on?

When North dou­bled again, East bided her time, then chose to dou­ble two spades for penalty — here, a good choice.

All four Wests in four hearts went down be­cause the Norths cashed three spade tricks and ac­cu­rately shifted to a di­a­mond. No one found three no-trump.

Against two spades dou­bled, West led the heart ace, switched to the club eight, ruffed the third club and tapped dummy with a high heart. South should have ruffed low and played on di­a­monds, but he ruffed high, drew two rounds of trumps end­ing in hand and played a di­a­mond to the king. When East took the trick and re­turned her last spade, South won and cashed the di­a­mond queen, but lost the rest. Down three, plus 500, was a top for East-west.

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