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JUST BRIDGE...


 WORK ON YOUR METHODS THEN STICK TO THEM

 

by Beverly Kraft -Eric Kokish

 

 Today's deal, from the 1999 Canadian Teams Championships, was a difficult one for the North-South pairs.

 

 Consider South's problem after West's 3 opening is followed by two passes. Possible solutions are a conservative pass, a flawed takeout double (poor club support), an overcall in spades (to prepare an economical second bid) and a 4 cue-bid, usually reserved for strong two-suited hands. Some experienced pairs prefer to use the cue-bid to introduce a major two-suiter of indeterminate strength, an agreement that caters well to hands of this type.

North-South vulnerable
West deals

  6
K 3 2
A 8 3
A 10 9 7 4 3
   
  A Q 9 8 7
A 10 8 7 6
5
6 2

 

West North East South
Blank ML Blank FC
3 Pass Pass 3
Pass 3NT Pass 4
Pass Pass Pass  


Opening Lead:
8

 Martine Lacroix (North) and Francine Cimon (South) had a clear agreement that 4
would show a powerful two-suiter, so Francine's practical choices were 3 or double. Many players in her position preferred to double (optimistically, in our view) and most of them finished in 5 doubled, down as much as 500 points. Francine chose 3 and soon found herself in the best game contract when Martine passed Francine's conversion of 3NT to 4.

 When East followed to the first trick with the
5 under dummy's A, declarer was virtually certain West had led a singleton and was most likely to be 3-2-7-1 or 2-3-7-1. The K was a favourite to lie in East's hand on the auction. Declarer based her play on these inferences.

 She finessed the
Q successfully, and cashed the A, both following. When she continued spades, West uppercut with the four of trumps. If declarer's reading of the distribution was correct, West had ruffed in from a three-card trump holding.

 

 Francine discarded a second club from dummy, allowing West to win the trick.

 

 She won the diamond switch with the ace, and played king-ace of trumps, collecting the remaining lurkers. Dummy still had a trump to ruff a spade and declarer had ten tricks: five trumps in hand, two spades, a spade ruff in dummy, and the two minor suit aces; plus 620.

 

 At the other table, West opened 4, which was passed out; down 150. 10 IMPs to Francine and Martine's team, the eventual winners who will represent Canada in the Women's series at the 2000 World Bridge Teams Olympiad in Maastricht, the Netherlands, next fall.

 

The four hands were:

  6
K 3 2
A 8 3
A 10 9 7 4 3
5 4
J 5 4
K Q J 10 7 6 4
8
K J 10 3 2
Q 9
9 2
K Q J 5
  A Q 9 8 7
A 10 8 7 6
5
6 2