Lightner double in trouble again. Denouement.

October 2, 2009 at 11:04 pm Leave a comment

The question was:

sAJ1087
h1
d1K43
cJ8742

West….North….East….South
………..2D*……Pass….2H**
2S…….2NT……4S…….5D
Pass….6D……..Dble?!…All Pass

*2D=weak major or 2NT opening.
**2H=pass or correct

So, okay, you’ve lightner doubled 6D. You are on lead. What’s it to be?

Victorian State Pairs Final
Bd 21
Dealer North
NS Vul

NORTH

sK9
h1AQJ62
d1AQJ
cA96

WEST

sQ65432
h110985
d12
cK10

EAST

sAJ1087
h1
d1K43
cJ8742

SOUTH

s
h1K743
d11098765
cQ53

Well, I got it wrong: ace of spades. As it is, because partner happens to have the club ten, a club is okay. I don’t see, however, why a diamond isn’t a serious candidate. If, worst case scenario you are then thrown in with your king, are you any worse off? In retrospect, however, I have another idea about this hand.

I think that Bill (see yesterday’s comments) must be right unless your partner is a psychopath. Dummy must be void in spades as otherwise your partner has queen empty fifth for their overcall. Given that you know you hold a trick, you should lead a low spade. And, should it transpire that your partner is a psychopath, everybody following as declarer picks himself up off the floor in order to win his king, maybe this is a lesson that even a psychopath might heed. It’s his fault this has happened, not yours.

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