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48 - APRIL 2024

48 - APRIL 2024

Double Dummy

DOUBLE  DUMMY PROBLEMS IN THE 21ST CENTURY VOLUME 1, DIFFICULTY RATINGS 1 TO 4 AND A COMPENDIUM OF DOUBLE DUMMY PROBLEMS Hugh Darwen The first of two volumes forming a sequel to the author’s A Compendium of Double Dummy Problems (Master Point…

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Bidding after a Pass

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:
Bidding after a Pass.

Easy.
Average.
Difficult.
Problem 1
WNES
PassPass1♠
Pass2

The facts
The Heart game would be reached easily had South opened in first or second seat. The opening in third position provoked a short circuit when the pair stopped in 2 Diamonds, a contract that is honestly far from ideal. Whose fault is it?

Arguments
North: “You have no right to pass 2 when you have a real opening hand, especially such a nice opening. I know that after my Pass a new suit is not forcing any more, but it indicates either a hand that is too strong to respond 1NT or a good six-card suit, which I might repeat later. You therefore have no risk showing your Hearts.”
South: “I have 13HCP, you are a passed hand, I see no reason to continue the auction. We just learned about Drury, I understood well that 2♣suggests Spade support, but it seems to me that an exception is in order when you have four Hearts and honor-doubleton in Spades. We will talk about it with our teacher at the next lesson.”

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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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