De­duc­tion from op­po­nent’s call

The Hamilton Spectator - - LIVING - BY PHILLIP ALDER

The win­ner of the 2016 Yeh On­line World Bridge Cup was Lavazza, who played in Turin, Italy. The team part­ner­ships were Emanuela Ca­lan­dra-Nor­berto Boc­chi, Bene­dicte Cronier-Agustin Madala and Sylvie Wil­lard-Gior­gio Duboin. Win­ning points some­times seems ran­dom, but if you keep pres­sur­ing the op­po­nents, things usu­ally work out — as in this deal played be­tween Lavazza and the Chi­nese Con­tract Bridge As­so­ci­a­tion.

Madala (South) opened one heart in fourth seat with a hand that fails the Rule of 15: In fourth chair, open if your point-count plus spade length equals at least 15; oth­er­wise, pass out the deal. Over West’s take­out dou­ble, Cronier (North) re­sponded two no-trump (the Tr­us­cott con­ven­tion) to show a max­i­mum pass with at least four-card heart sup­port. South took a shot at the vul­ner­a­ble game.

West made an in­ad­vis­able lead: her trump. Now de­clarer drew trumps, knocked out the club ace and had 10 tricks: five hearts, two di­a­monds, two clubs and a di­a­mond ruff in the dummy.

Prob­a­bly, if West had led the spade king, Madala would have made the con­tract, play­ing West for a sin­gle­ton heart be­cause of her take­out dou­ble.

At the other ta­ble, over West’s dou­ble, South bid two clubs, which he in­tended as the Re­verse Drury con­ven­tion, show­ing a max­i­mum pass with heart sup­port — he did not see West’s dou­ble! Over the dou­ble, two clubs was nat­u­ral. South re­bid two di­a­monds, and North in­vited game with three hearts, which South, ex­pect­ing at most three hearts op­po­site, passed. De­clarer also took 10 tricks, but Lavazza gained 10 in­ter­na­tional match points.

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