“I don’t know how to change people,” a club player told me sourly, “but I have a list of prospective candidates if I ever find out.”
My friend was unhappy with his partner’s decisions in today’s deal (and so was his partner, I imagine). When South responded three diamonds to North’s double, West competed with three hearts, reasonably enough. But when North tried three spades and South passed from fright, West bailed out his opponents by doubling. South ran to four diamonds, and West doubled again out of pique.
At trick two, West shifted to the king of spades. South took the ace and led the king of clubs. West won (not best) and tried to cash a spade, but South ruffed and then arranged to ruff two hearts in dummy, draw trumps and run the clubs. He made an overtrick, but no defense would have stopped 10 tricks.
I don’t blame East for being upset. It’s a mistake to double the only contract you can beat. When North bid three spades, West should have been delighted to pass.
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