Why not keep the game sim­ple?

The Hamilton Spectator - - GO - BY PHILLIP ALDER

Joey Adams, a co­me­dian and colum­nist who died in 1999, said, “Never let a fool kiss you, or a kiss fool you.”

Ad­her­ing to “kiss” — keep it sim­ple, sen­si­ble — at the bridge ta­ble is an ex­cel­lent idea. Look at the North hand. Part­ner opens one spade, you re­spond two clubs, and he re­bids two di­a­monds. What would you do now? Would it make a dif­fer­ence if you were us­ing Stan­dard or two-overone game-force; and would it mat­ter whether you were play­ing in teams or pairs?

This deal was played 14 times in a pairs event scored by in­ter­na­tional match points (team scor­ing), so that over­tricks were unim­por­tant. Only three pairs reached the ideal con­tract of seven di­a­monds. One pair got to seven no-trump, which made be­cause the clubs were 3-2, and would have been a top in a pairs event.

The sim­ple play­ers sit­ting North jumped to four no-trump over two di­a­monds, (Ro­man Key Card) Black­wood. Over a two-ace re­ply, a kiss ad­vo­cate jumped to seven di­a­monds. How bad could it have been? Two others asked again with five no-trump, but even if South had shown a king, that would not have stopped seven di­a­monds’ be­ing best. As you will have no­ticed, even if clubs had been 4-1, that suit could have been es­tab­lished with one ruff.

Yes, North could have re­bid a forc­ing three di­a­monds (in twoover-one) or four di­a­monds (in Stan­dard), but how would that have helped?

Four pairs got to a small slam, but an in­cred­i­ble five stopped in game. At the 14th ta­ble, it went one spade — two clubs — two di­a­monds — three clubs — pass!

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