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49 - MAY 2024

49 - MAY 2024

DOUBLES [PART 1]

Conventional uses for “Double” have proliferated enormously in recent times. Some thirty years ago, all doubles were for penalties. Then along came the lead-directing double, closely followed by the negative double and the responsive double. Nowadays, virtually all doubles, particularly…

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FLIP A COIN?

The previous article dealt with the search for the extra trick in a very comfortable situation, where the contract being played could not be jeopardized. But declarer does not always have such peace of mind and sometimes has to ask himself if he should take a risk.


Here’s an innocuous deal that would be no problem in a teams match or rubber bridge, but it might make you hesitate in a pairs tournament:

The bidding (Dealer West, All Vul):

WNES
1NTPass 2♣Pass
2♠Pass3NT

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Robert Eskinazi

“Première série” in the FFB rankings and assistant lecturer in Lyon, Robert Eskinazi is the manager of the MVI Club bridge school in Villeurbanne. After graduating from a business school, he devoted more time to his childhood passion: bridge. Today he is best known for writing the book collection “Passeport pour le bridge” (Passport To Bridge) and the bestseller “Le tournoi par paires” (Pairs Tournament).

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