What now? Concluded.

May 21, 2010 at 8:14 pm 4 comments

The deal’s from Adam Sarten, who is playing in Sweden these days:

NORTH

s109652
h19854
d1KQ10
c8

WEST

sQ43
h1AKQJ10
d1J7
c743

EAST

sKJ87
h17
d186
cAKJ1065

SOUTH

sA
h1632
d1A95432
cQ92

At his table after:

P….1H….P….2C
2D…2H…2S…Dbl
3D…P…..P….. ?

He chose 3H!!!! This was duly raised to 4H by his partner who made when the defence did not take their ruff. Amazingly in the other room the opponents also got to 4H, defeated on the ruff for a game-swing to our Swedish Aussie.

PS: It seems obvious to me to double. I think it is penaltyish, but in passout on this auction partner isn’t goint to expect the world, and surely with 3 card club suit unmentioned he’ll bid 4C. Of course, this is no way to get to 4H!!!

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. phil markey  |  May 22, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    “penaltyish” isnt in the oxford concise – i call this double “penalties” – you know like when you make a penalty double and then they stupidly run and with the scent of carnage in the air you joyously penalty double some more

    how come pard didnt bid over 3 diamonds but now rips your penaltyish double ? – i hear all victorians are cheats so maybe a kick under the table is involved

    solid suit hands are always awkward to value – i think 2 hearts is a dull and dangerous choice

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    • 2. cathychua  |  May 22, 2010 at 4:30 pm

      Why doesn’t partner bid in front of you? He doesn’t have any reason too, waits to hear you talk. Looks normal to me….

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      • 3. phil markey  |  May 23, 2010 at 11:10 am

        “Why doesn’t partner bid in front of you? He doesn’t have any reason too, waits to hear you talk.”

        thats my point – if you pass 3 diamonds to hear partners view then your surely passing a penalty double – your hand is around 3 defensive tricks which is plenty to pass

        you have a burning reason to bid over 3 diamonds – you have a fit for pards suit you havent bothered to show yet

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        • 4. cathychua  |  May 23, 2010 at 4:30 pm

          You are saying that the person with the hearts and 3 clubs should bypass 3NT in front partner? That seems peculiar to me.

          But it does, in any case, seem obvious to me that this double should be one of those 3 level ‘I would have cue bid for a stopper double’. Doesn’t anybody else play those? I find it hard to believe I’ve invented them.

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