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The Aces on Bridge: Friday, February 19th, 2021


Iain ClimieMarch 5th, 2021 at 7:31 pm

Hi Bobby,

On BWTA is there any case for sandbagging with 3H against aggressive opposition. It is purely competitive of course but if one of them has a fair hand with (say) Hxxx(x) they may well read partner for shortage and wade in. Imagine East had (say) a flat 14 count with H10xx and 3H rolls back to him. There are players who will place partner with 7-9 pts and shortish hearts and wade in, especially at pairs.

Worth a shot?

Iain ClimieMarch 5th, 2021 at 7:32 pm

For that matter, even passing might work if you need a top or swing in similar circumstances.



bobbywolffMarch 5th, 2021 at 8:01 pm

Hi Iain,

IMO the idea is good, but the example hand is not, unless you may agree that a jump to 4 hearts can be construed by the opponents, as an attempt to preempt and still hear from them.

Why? If you bid 3 hearts and the bidding then comes back around to you with the opponents in either 3 spades or 4 clubs, I wouldn’t double, but perhaps my conservatism is not universally shared.

However, even I (and everyone else) would double if it came back any higher. Yes, I know if one’s partnership never ever had -530 or -730 it probably is because we were not doubling enough, but somehow that oft heard opinion sounds a bit hollow, not to mention likely not true.

However, one pays his money, one takes his choice, and, of course, let the winner explain.

Now that immediately above is one I can latch onto, although the act of inviting my partner outside to settle this discussion, would only occur in my wildest dream, not one believable by anyone, especially me, since I like my nose just where it is (yes, I could wish it to be a lot smaller, but I hope to continue to smell).

Hopefully, you will interpret that, the way I meant.

bobbywolffMarch 5th, 2021 at 8:16 pm

Hi again Iain,

Since, when the bidding tends to get high, and especially during the first round, is often when the battle is joined and results (at least it seems) that the last bidder usually gets and earns the zero.