The Book Bid
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.