From the un­clear to the clear-cut

The Hamilton Spectator - - LIVING - BY PHILLIP ALDER

Ki­mon Ni­co­laides, a Greek Amer­i­can who dur­ing WWI served in the U.S. Army in France as a cam­ou­flage artist, said, “Learn­ing to draw is re­ally a mat­ter of learn­ing to see — to see cor­rectly — and that means a good deal more than merely look­ing with the eye.”

Learn­ing to bid in bridge is re­ally a mat­ter of learn­ing to de­cide — to de­cide cor­rectly — be­tween your sen­si­ble choices.

Of­ten the right bid will be clear-cut; but not al­ways, of course. In to­day’s di­a­gram, look at the North hand. He opened one di­a­mond, part­ner re­sponded one spade, he re­bid two notrump, and part­ner con­tin­ued with three spades. What should North have done now?

Three spades guar­an­teed at least a six-card suit and sug­gested that a slam was pos­si­ble. (With only five spades, South would have re­bid three clubs, New Mi­nor Forc­ing, to ask North for three-card sup­port. With only game in mind, South would have jumped straight to four spades.)

North had three choices: three no-trump (which would be a very un­usual se­lec­tion), four spades with a slam-un­suit­able hand, or a con­trol-bid with slam in­ter­est. Here, North should have bid four clubs. Yes, the three low hearts were wor­ry­ing, but the rest of his hand was ex­cel­lent.

South would have con­trol-bid four hearts, and North could have launched (Ro­man Key Card) Black­wood be­fore sign­ing off in six spades.

Even af­ter a heart lead, six spades is de­sir­able. De­clarer wins with his ace and im­me­di­ately takes dummy’s three top di­a­monds to dis­card his heart losers. Then he draws trumps as quickly as pos­si­ble.

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

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