An­a­lyze the auc­tion

The Hamilton Spectator - - LIVING - BY PHILLIP ALDER

Henry Cot­ton, who won the British Open three times, said, “Golfers have an­a­lyzed the game in or­der to find ‘the se­cret.’ There is no se­cret.”

In con­trast, bridge play­ers rely on their anal­y­sis of a deal to give them “the se­cret” for the right bid or play. At the 2016 Yeh On­line World Bridge Cup, this deal fea­tured the best bid, in my anal­y­sis.

Look at the North hand. In se­cond seat, part­ner opens one club, and righty over­calls four spades. What would you do?

Once you have de­cided, read on. Whether you pass or make a value-show­ing dou­ble, part­ner re­bids five clubs. What would you do then?

The deal oc­curred in the match be­tween Lavazza (who played in Turin, Italy) and Bridge Base On­line (who com­peted in Seat­tle). When BBO was North-South, North dou­bled four spades. Then, when South re­moved to five clubs, North passed.

Sit­ting North-South for Lavazza were Sylvie Wil­lard from France and Gior­gio Duboin from Italy. Wil­lard passed over four spades. But when part­ner re­bid five clubs, Wil­lard an­tic­i­pated South’s hav­ing a spade void and long, strong clubs. If so, they rated to have only one heart loser. Back­ing her anal­y­sis of the deal, Wil­lard raised to six clubs — a hole in one!

West led the spade ace. Duboin ruffed and gave up a heart. East won and shifted to a trump, but de­clarer won with his seven and cross­ruffed hearts and clubs to take two di­a­monds, seven clubs and three heart ruffs on the board.

Mi­nus 420 and plus 920 gave Lavazza 11 in­ter­na­tional match points en route to the title.

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