The Book Bid

The Jerusalem Post - The Jerusalem Post Magazine - - GAMES - • MATTHEW GRANOVETTE­R The writer is a world cham­pion and the au­thor of more than 20 bridge books. He can be reached at gra­novet­[email protected]

World cham­pion Lynn Deas is known among her peers as a very ag­gres­sive bid­der. Yet her bid on this hand, from the BEIH Pairs in Bei­jing last month, might very well be called “tra­di­tional” or even “old-fash­ioned.” Oth­ers would call it the “book” bid.

East dealer Nei­ther side vul­ner­a­ble

Open­ing lead: 3 of di­a­monds

East dealt and opened one di­a­mond. Deas jumped to three spades with the South hand. Most of the other South play­ers in the pair event over­called one spade, think­ing the hand was too good for a pre­empt. West now had to make her neg­a­tive dou­ble at the three level and East had poor al­ter­na­tives. East might have bid four clubs but chose to pass out the dou­ble, hop­ing to de­feat the con­tract.

The three of di­a­monds was led to the ace and East switched to king of clubs. At trick three, East led an­other club. Deas ruffed and saw one chance for her con­tract. Do you see it? She led the queen of di­a­monds and West won the trick with the king.

West shifted to a heart but it was too late. Deas won the ace and led a small di­a­mond, ruff­ing. When the jack dropped, she sat up in her chair. She led two rounds of trumps, end­ing in dummy. Now the ten of di­a­monds was cashed, and away went one of her heart losers. Mak­ing three spades dou­bled was a top score. Notice that East could have de­feated the con­tract by switch­ing to the three of hearts at trick two or three, in­stead of play­ing clubs. Then her part­ner could later lead a heart through the jack to her king-ten be­fore the ten of di­a­monds was es­tab­lished.

Deas and her part­ner, Jan­ice Mol­son, won $10,000 for their first-place fin­ish.

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