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41 - SEPTEMBER 2023

41 - SEPTEMBER 2023

BALANCE!

In matchpoint pairs, it is almost always opportune to balance when the opponents have found a fit and still stop at the two-level. However – and you have certainly seen that in regular Club tournaments – many players do not…

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A MERCILESS FIGHT

TEAMS.
DEALER EAST. – E/W VUL.

You are sitting East. As the dealer, you carefully take note of the two-suited distribution and 7HCP of your hand before passing:

♠ A432
2
QJ5432
♣ 32

All it takes your opponents to reach 4 Spades are four bids:

WNES
Pass2NT
Pass3♣Pass3♠
Pass4♠

Your partner leads the Ace of Diamonds, which is not to displease you:

Contract: 4 Spades by South.
Lead: A.

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Bridge teacher passionate about education, Norbert Lébely contributed to several bestsellers, including the book collection “Step by Step” and the book series “Les clefs du bridge” (Keys to bridge) with Robert Berthe as well as the series “Bien enchérir” (bidding well) with Michel Bessis. He has been working on the software "Step by Step in action" for several years. Picture © Caroline Moreau.

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