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The Aces on Bridge: Tuesday, July 6th, 2021


jim2July 20th, 2021 at 2:24 pm

In BWTA, what do you plan to do if partner bids Double and all others Pass?

Bobby WolffJuly 20th, 2021 at 2:57 pm

Hi Jim2,

Close, but except at favorable vulnerability, (NV vs. V) I would bid 3NT, take what I think would be laydown and not have to do the tango to achieve the largest plus I am entitiled to.

Since partner did back in with his belated effort, I owe it to him to (likely a singleton or even a void in trump, since not much is left after E and S have gobbled the high cards) therefore declarer figures to have a playable distribution with partner even having 3 card trump support.

At favorable vulnerability we only need to take 8 tricks to make my leave-in score well in both teams and matchpoints, so to that I lean.

Good question, since it should be asked in various situations and better off discussed.

BTW, because of the bidding, very unlikely to get a spade lead, so that 3NT should be an overwhelming likelihood to score up and, for that matter, even with a spade lead, since West, the long spade hand does not figure to have an entry and spades appears to be well stopped with partner, triggering his reopen.

jim2July 20th, 2021 at 3:42 pm

Fair enough, but I would note that North’s Double is not a “belated effort.” It would be, in fact, his first opportunity to bid in the deal.

Does that potentially change your bid?

Bobby WolffJuly 20th, 2021 at 4:41 pm

Hi Jim2,

Yes, (no surprise, you are correct) but, and of course, it feels like a belated effort since my hand is so strong and there was a vulnerable opening on my right. However, if my RHO had only a 12 hcp count, that would leave partner with only a maximum of 11, and although that fact lacks in real importance, still acknowledging
it, possibly tends to influence my thinking (and hence my erroneous comment) which in fact likely does enter my thinking (such as with a limited hcp hand, then the other major will be a solid 4+ as well as ultra short in hearts). No guarantees, but still sort of floating around.

The good news is now and has been for a long time, that this site is generally made up of many good to extraordinary players who, while loving the game, and more importantly, keeping up with its advancement (in spite of the rampant cheating, IMO present for many decades) ask and discuss very sophisticated subjects, not necessarily alluded to by other venues.

However, if I am wrong or merely just casually exaggerating, the above is what makes my job so compelling to play a significant part.

And thus many thanks for your continued command performance, without which, all of us would be in lesser position, with many key distinguishing bridge principles.