BRIDGE AND CHESS

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The Hamilton Spectator - - GO - BY PHILLIP ALDER

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.

Look for the Satur­day Bridge and Chess and lo­cal Bridge re­sults in the new Satur­day Fun & Games sec­tion

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