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42 - OCTOBER 2023

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CHOOSING The OPENING BID

North-South have reached a very poor contract. As so often, each of the two players considers that his partner is responsible for the accident. And you, what do you think?

This article is dedicated to:
Which opening bid should you choose?

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Problem 1

N/S Vul.

WNES
4♠

The facts
Stopping at game with 13 tricks off the top is frustrating! Who’s fault is it?

Arguments
North: “I have very few defensive tricks and I want to play – and probably make – my 4 Spades without being bothered. I don’t see how opening 1♠ and then jumping to 4♠ would make it easier for you to bid the slam. You could bid 5 over 4♠, that’s an asking bid.”
South: “Well, I did think about bidding and I know that the technical bid is 5 but, looking at my hand, we could well go down at the five-level. Even if I understand your arguments, your hand is too strong to be treated as a pre-emptive opening.”

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Alain Lévy

A renowned bridge author and player, he was born in Casablanca on 14th July 1949. He has earned three World Champion titles as a member of the French Open team and has also won countless national titles. He writes articles about leading in bridge for Bridgerama+, as well as Figaro Magazine. He mainly provides analysis of his own games on the blog. Picture © Caroline Moreau.

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