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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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GET OUT YOUR SPOTTING SCOPE

TEAMS.
DEALER SOUTH, ALL VUL.

Sitting South, you just opened 1NT with your semi-balanced hand of 17HL:

♠ AQ
 K87
 AK543
♣ 653

The auction gets off to a flying start:

WNES
1NT
Pass2♠(1)Pass3♣
Pass4♣(2)Pass4(3)
Pass4(3)Pass?
(1) Transfer to Clubs.
(2) Trigger bid for slam in Clubs. One could also bid a conventional 4
.
(3) Control.

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Bridge teacher passionate about education, Norbert Lébely contributed to several bestsellers, including the book collection “Step by Step” and the book series “Les clefs du bridge” (Keys to bridge) with Robert Berthe as well as the series “Bien enchérir” (bidding well) with Michel Bessis. He has been working on the software "Step by Step in action" for several years. Picture © Caroline Moreau.

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