Page 15, 4th June 1937

4th June 1937
Page 15
Page 15, 4th June 1937 — Bridge Notes

Report an error

Noticed an error on this page?
If you've noticed an error in this article please click here to report it.



Related articles

Bridge Notes

By Q. E. D.

The game contract of five of a minor suit is obviously to be avoided if there is a shorter cut, for example three No Trumps. But there are hands in which the suit bid of five is right and the No Trump contract can be defeated; it is therefore most inaportant to get the bidding right on such occasions. These hands from actual play will illustrate my point. N deals, at Love all.

• (None.) ✓ Q x x • Ace K J 7 4 • K Q J 103

W. E.

Q 10 7 2 4 K 9 8 x 9 8 x x V K 5 4 10 9 x •Q x x x x + Ace x S.

AceJxxx Ace 10 x x 9 8 7 6 N has a two-suiter and as such, he must call it; he starts with one Diamond. (E and W are silent throughout) S. One Spade: N. Two Clubs. S Two No Trumps; N three Diamonds: S Three No Trumps (Finish).

W opened with a small Heart: E played the J, and S. took the trick with the Ace.

S leads a small club which E takes with the Ace and a spade lead at this juncture defeats the contract since the Diamond finesse also fails.

The bidding looks natural enough and yet it is wrong; can we detect the error? S should grasp that N is calling a two-suiter, probably of five cards each; and in that case when N calls two clubs on the second round, he must go three clubs as a preference bid. having already shown , his

Spades. This is the vital piece of information; N is really asking, Have you any correspondence in the minors? Name it please at once. The Club bid from S is the clue. Again if N is calling a two-suiter of five cards each, this exhausts ten of his thirteen cards; and S should grasp he must be very weak in the major suits. In No Trump there is almost bound to be a misfit. In Clubs a Little Slam actually lies and can probably be found. In any case game is assured.

blog comments powered by Disqus