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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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DOUBLE UPPERCUT

An uppercut is a technique of trump promotion.

Take this layout of trumps:

♠ 5432
♠ J6■ ♠ Q7
♠ AK1098

If West leads a suit in which East and declarer are both void, and East ruffs with the Queen, declarer can overruff with the King but West’s Jack is now promoted. 

Here’s a double uppercut from a past Lords-Commons match:

WNES
3♠
4♣(1) 4♠(2)
(1) There’s a case for gambling 3NT (prepared to run to 4 if doubled).
(2) Tempting to double 4, although North expects his four quick tricks in the red suits to enable partner to make 4 Spades. Certainly, the vulnerability favors bidding 4, hungry for the vulnerable game bonus and not expecting a commensurate penalty from doubling the non-vulnerable 4.

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Andrew Robson OBE is England’s best known bridge player. Andrew has represented England for some 30 years. His many competitive successes include winning the World Youth Team Championships, the European Championships, and the Gold Cup on no fewer than eight occasions.

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