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45 - January 2024

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Developments after a strong two-suiter, shown with a jump

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?

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Developments after a strong two-suiter, shown with a jump.

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Problem 1
WNES
1Pass1
Pass2♠Pass2NT
Pass3NT

The facts
The Heart and Diamond games make without much difficulty, but 3 No-Trump quickly goes down after the obvious Club lead. Our two friends disagree when it comes to the meaning of the 2NT bid.

Arguments
North: “In my opinion, 2NT is natural and promises a Club stopper. My jump to 2♠ is game forcing, so there is no reason to keep 2NT as conventional.”
South: “I know that we are in a game forcing situation, but I still have to temper your ardour. What is more, I do not see any alternative to this jump on the brakes. Repeating my Hearts in this sequence would promise six cards, of that I am certain.”

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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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