BRIDGE AND CHESS
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Horace Walpole, an 18thcentury English novelist, said, “In all science error precedes the truth, and it is better it should go first than last.”
In bridge, when a player makes an error, he hopes to learn from it and get it right next time. We are looking at advancing partner’s takeout double. Too many of my students make a simple bid in a suit whatever their point-count and expect partner to be psychic.
Look at the South hand. West opens one club, North doubles, and East passes — what should South do?
A simple bid in a suit (here, one spade) shows 0-8 points, and a single jump (to two spades) promises 9-11 points. So, does it follow that with 12-14 points, South would bid three spades?
Of course not! With 12 points or more, South cue-bids two clubs. This is totally artificial. Afterward, each player shows suits, and with luck a good fit will be found. Here, North rebids two hearts, South bids two spades (or now jumps to three spades), and North raises to four spades.
West cashes two top clubs, then shifts to a heart. What happens after that?
Declarer must try to avoid two trump losers. Since West is highly likely to have the spade king, South should start by cashing his spade ace. When the king drops, declarer can bring home an overtrick. However, if neither the king nor the jack appears, declarer crosses to dummy with a diamond and plays a spade toward his queen. No guesswork is needed.
What would a jump to three spades after partner’s double show? Tune in tomorrow.
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