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47 - MARCH 2024

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Major-suit raises by opener.

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 month we will be looking at: 
Major-suit raises by opener.

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Problem 1
WNES
1Pass1♠
Pass3♠Pass4♠

The facts
A slam with twelve tricks on top with only 27HCP thanks to a very good combination of the honors. Whose fault is it?

Arguments
North: “I do not feel concerned by this stupid accident. I showed an unbalanced hand in the range of a 1NT opening, 15-17HCP. On the other hand, I find that your sign-off in 4♠ is very timid with six Spades and controls in two side suits.”
South: “I bid as if facing a 1NT opening. With 10HCP in a balanced hand, thinking about slam is out of the question. Most of all, I think you’ve misjudged your cards – your hand is worth a lot more than you think.”

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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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