BRIDGE AND CHESS

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The Hamilton Spectator - - FOOD - BY PHILLIP ALDER

Os­car Le­vant claimed, “I once said cyn­i­cally of a politi­cian, ‘He’ll dou­ble-cross that bridge when he comes to it.’”

We are study­ing how not to dou­ble-cross part­ner with our re­ply to his take­out dou­ble. A sim­ple bid in­di­cates 0-8 points, a sin­gle jump prom­ises 9-11 and a cue-bid of the opener’s suit shows 12 points or more. So what about a dou­ble or triple jump in a suit?

Since the cue-bid is ar­ti­fi­cial and, in a way, un­lim­ited, this lib­er­ates the wild leaps to de­scribe spe­cial­ized hand-types that oc­cur rarely.

Both jumps sug­gest some­thing like 4-7 high-card points with a sur­pris­ingly long suit. The dou­ble jump prom­ises a six-card suit and a triple jump a seven-bag­ger. The South hand is a min­i­mum for his three­spade ad­vance, and North’s raise is on the light side.

West cashes two di­a­mond tricks, then shifts to the heart king. How should South con­tinue?

West was tempted to make a take­out dou­ble over three spades, but the vul­ner­a­bil­ity was un­fa­vor­able. Note that five di­a­monds dou­bled goes down two, which would be fine at a dif­fer­ent vul­ner­a­bil­ity.

De­clarer must con­cede a trick to the spade ace, so has to elim­i­nate his heart loser. The only way to do that is to take three club tricks. South wins the third trick with dummy’s heart ace, plays a club to his king (the honor from the shorter side first) and re­turns a club to dummy’s jack. When that holds, de­clarer dis­cards his last heart on the club ace and plays a trump.

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

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