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The Aces on Bridge: Saturday, September 25th, 2021


Jeff SOctober 9th, 2021 at 5:58 pm

Hi Bobby,

I suspect South opened 2H at the other table, West introduced his minors and North got a bucket of popcorn and watched as they were off to the races (or maybe he bid his spades once and then N-S fell silent).

What do you think of the 1H bid? I see the pros, the nice top hearts, outside ace, and singleton spade. Was the awful mismatch just bad luck or was it a bridge too far?

I also wonder about bidding 4H. North’s bid makes perfect sense based on a 1H opening bid. Should South have bid 4H? You mentioned that North’s bid was game-forcing, but North does not know how light South opened. Should South have realized at that point that things were not going well and passed hoping West would bail him out with a club bid or double (and if East left a double in, run to 4H and none the worse).

bobbywolffOctober 10th, 2021 at 4:14 am

Hi Jeff S.

Your analysis precludes me from having to say much, if anything, but I will conjure up one thought.

I would also open the South hand 1 heart, since being NV, weak two bids tend to not live up to conservative scrutiny, and since I believe that the majority view, I would follow suit, when NV to restrict my WTBs to lesser playing strength than today’s South, so that what is said above, shows bidding consistency, based on today’s high-level preference.