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49. Tuesday - Sept 28, 1999 : Strong clubber

Dealer: South
Vul: E-W

North





 

West

East

 









 

South

 

10 9
A 2
-
A Q J 10 9 7 6 3 2

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

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Playing a strong club system (1 = 16+ HCP), choose an opening action.

SOLUTION

Dealer: South
Vul: E-W

North

K 5
10 7 6 5
K Q J 9 7 4
4

 

West

East

 

A Q 4 3
Q 8 4
A 5 3
K 8 5

J 8 7 6 2
K J 9 3
10 8 6 2
-

 

South

 

10 9
A 2
-
A Q J 10 9 7 6 3 2

Playing a strong club system (1 = 16+ HCP), choose an opening action.

Obviously, five clubs is a popular choice (without regard to system). In a recent canadian tournament, Roy Dalton opted for a natural, limited two clubs, which I am sure is the right action.

Hold onto your hat. The bidding continued: Pass-Pass-Pass!

That was a 6-imp pickup for Dalton when five clubs doubled went one down at the other table. You gotta believe.

Bridge Today, Sep-Oct 1992, p. 32 Eric Kokish

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