It needs power to drive high

The Hamilton Spectator - - LIVING - BY PHILLIP ALDER

Here is an­other in­ter­est­ing com­ment by Dan Quayle: “For NASA, space is still a high pri­or­ity.”

When a bridge player drives the auc­tion to a high level, per­haps at least five of a mi­nor, he must have a good hand.

In today’s deal, South opens one club, and North re­sponds four di­a­monds, a splin­ter bid show­ing a big club fit, at least game-go­ing val­ues and a sin­gle­ton (or void) in di­a­monds. How should South con­tinue the auc­tion?

I am not fond of North’s splin­ter bid, be­cause the best con­tract could eas­ily be three no-trump — for ex­am­ple, change South’s heart ace to a low heart.

I pre­fer a two-club in­verted mi­nor-suit raise, if the part­ner­ship em­ploys that use­ful method. With­out it, the hand is too strong for a three-club gamein­vi­ta­tional limit raise.

At the table, four di­a­monds should have worked beau­ti­fully. South had such a pow­er­ful hand that he should have im­me­di­ately used (Ro­man Key Card) Black­wood. That would have quickly led to six clubs. At the time, South con­trol-bid four hearts, then passed when North re­bid five clubs. But it was im­pos­si­ble for North to be lack­ing both pointed-suit aces.

Six clubs made eas­ily when West led a spade to his part­ner’s ace. South had two spades, one heart, three di­a­monds and six clubs. But even af­ter, say, a trump lead, de­clarer would have pre­sum­ably won on the board, cashed the di­a­mond ace, played a club to the ace, dis­carded two spades on the high di­a­monds, crossed to dummy with a trump and led the now-sin­gle­ton spade. East could not have won.

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