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The Aces on Bridge: Sunday, October 4th, 2020


ClarksburgOctober 18th, 2020 at 8:03 pm

Hello Bobby
From a Club Game, Matchpoints, Both Vul, North dealer.
North 65 872 A54 AJ862
East AJ1097 void QJ98732 3
South KQ8 AKJ5 K10 Q1094
West 432 Q109643 6 K75
The auctions weren’t pretty.
Some Easts didn’t open, some did: 1S twice and 1D once
Over 1S by East, both Souths Doubled; one West raised to 2S and they played there!!; the other West passed and NS got to 3NT
One NS pair found Clubs but to only 5C
Would appreciate your comments / suggestions on how the auction should go.

Steve ConradOctober 18th, 2020 at 10:54 pm

My 2 cents

With both vul, E and W should pass througout. South opens 1C, N bids 3C, S bids 3NT — end of auction.

bobbywolffOctober 19th, 2020 at 3:16 pm

Hi Clarksburg & Steve,

While appreciative of Steve’s bridge bidding judgment, wild horses would not keep me from, at the very least, getting in the bidding, as long as I could at the 3 level or lower.

Pass is OK originally, but if then, it would go as Steve suggests, 1 club by South, raised to 3 by North, I would bid 3 diamonds and then if 3NT by South, which looks normal since, if not then, when?

Finally when it comes back to East, it is possible to then throw caution to the wind and venture either 4 diamonds or go all out and bash 4 spades. Then, after being doubled in either contract and with the King of hearts originally led, then when in with the king of diamonds, South should smartly (with no 2nd choice) switch to the queen of clubs and down would SMASH baby, CRADLE and ALL.

In defense of my own willing suicide on this hand, there are many hands, I think close to 75% which may either include at least 2 diamonds and/or 4 spades, making a sacrifice (even with both vulnerable) a winning decision while validly expecting 3NT NS vulnerable to make.

On this specific hand all hell breaks loose and an EW disaster occurs. However, while calling for judgment on what to do with Easts 7-5-1-0 freak hand and being privy to the opposing bidding I still would be severely tempted to jump into the fray and sadly, for my partner and me, to feel the wrath of a ridiculous set.

However, 7-5-1-0’s usually need to bid out and perhaps opening the bidding one diamond instead of passing would prevent the disaster since I then will be able to get both suits in earlier and therefore avoid my shame.

However, I, nor probably anyone else, can criticize (especially severely) Steve’s simple bidding sequence. However, my specific opinion, while looking and feeling my dead carcass, and deep down, that bidding, rather than going quietly, is the right thing to do.

bobbywolffOctober 19th, 2020 at 3:27 pm

HI Clarksburg & Steve (again),

For NS not to reach 3NT on this hand defies description, so there is not much I can add.

North certainly has plenty of strength to respond positively to South’s enthusiasm and at least 3NT should be the likely final contract. 6 clubs, however requires the king of clubs onside which at best is enough downside to stay away from.

ClarksburgOctober 19th, 2020 at 4:43 pm

Many thanks Bobby
I was of course expecting you would definitely get into the fray with that East hand! The strongest player in our game opened it 1D.
One aspect of interest to me was what action South should take when East does open. In our game all three Souths chose Double; I’d think a more descriptive (strength and shape) 1NT overcall would be much more helpful to Partner. Correct?
Two Easts (obsessed with “majors” I guess) opened 1S. This made an opportunity for West to compete with 2S over South’s TOX. When one West wimped out and passed, NS sailed to 3NT. When the other West did raise to 2S, that North wimped out and passed ,and EW’s 2S-1 was a top.
As I indicated initially the auctions weren’t pretty. But I thought there were some “educational” points of style, courage and judgement here.

bobbywolffOctober 19th, 2020 at 6:25 pm

Hi Clarksburg,

You are always the kind, straight forward and practical person we have all learned to respect.

Referring to the bridge, after East did open 1 diamond, South is just too strong to overcall 1NT, mostly not the extra hcp that he possesses but the Q109 togetherness (clubs and especially if South is lucky enough to catch partner with as little as the jack) plus the combination (in hearts) where the jack bodes well, behind the opening bidder and part of a four card holding rather than only three.

The above not only justifies a strong TO double to which I would double again if it went a spade raise by my LHO passed back around to me. Rather than pass the 2nd time, because of my KQx of spades I might even overbid by then bidding 2NT, but would probably decline for lack of a 5 card suit (in this case clubs) which might represent an extra needed trick to succeed.

Whether or not, after partner stupidly passed his RHO’s raise to 2 spades instead of an easy 3 club response, then leading to an obvious 3NT by South.

You always seem to not only see the educational benefit of using “real hands” to discuss later, but the important advantage of taking the time to see it through as to the result and what it took to get there.

Penrose Condo BrochureOctober 22nd, 2020 at 9:21 am

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