Go down too much af­ter over­bid­ding

The Amherst News - - RELIGION - Philip Alder

Bridge play­ers like to have a fit with part­ner and re­call the ad­vice learned on grandma’s knee to support with support, es­pe­cially in the ma­jors. What do you think of the auc­tion in this deal? How did the play go in four hearts?

In a du­pli­cate, most Souths made a take­out dou­ble over two spades. This should have prompted West to re­spond three di­a­monds, but each West passed. Then, two Norths un­wisely passed. The other Norths bid three hearts (not em­ploy­ing the Leben­sohl con­ven­tion, which would have al­lowed them to warn of a weak hand by ad­vanc­ing with two no-trump), and ev­ery South could not re­sist rais­ing to four hearts.

When one South pre­ferred to over­call three hearts, West nudged to three spades (trust­ing part­ner to have a good suit at the pre­vail­ing vul­ner­a­bil­ity), and North bravely or fool­hardily, de­pend­ing upon the out­come, raised de­spite hav­ing only 3 high­card points.

West led the di­a­mond ace and con­tin­ued with the di­a­mond jack. East dis­cour­aged with the two, then played the 10 as a suit-pref­er­ence sig­nal for spades. West

shifted to that suit (as he had in­tended to do all along), and East played three rounds of spades to pro­mote West’s heart queen as a trick. The de­fend­ers took the con­tract down two, but plus 100 there in­stead of plus 140 in three spades was a less-good re­sult.

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