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116. Saturday - December 4, 1999 : VANDERBILT FINAL 2

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North





 

West

East

 

A 10 8 2
J 3 2
J 7 3
K J 5

Q 9 4
A K 9 7
K Q
Q 10 9 6

 

South

 





 

Arnold
South

Berkowitz
West

Sanders
North

Cohen
East

 
 

Pass

?

?

?

How would you bid the East-West hands? Sitting West, if you pass at your first turn to bid, North opens with a weak 2.

SOLUTION

Dealer: South
Vul: None

North

5 3
8 5
A 10 6 5 4 2
A 8 3

 

West

East

 

A 10 8 2
J 3 2
J 7 3
K J 5

Q 9 4
A K 9 7
K Q
Q 10 9 6

 

South

 

K J 7 6
Q 10 6 4
9 8
7 4 2

At one table, Lev's weak two-bid propelled Morse-Sutherlin into four spades, instead of the easier three notrump.

 

Russell
South

Morse
West

Lev
North

Sutherlin
East

 
 

Pass
Pass
End

Pass
3
 

2
Pass
 

Double
4
 

Lev led a heart, won by dummy's ace. The Q was covered by the king and ace, and when Morse led another spade to dummy's 9, Russell made the key play of ducking. Declarer now play a third round of trumps, won by Russell. A diamond to the ace and a diamond back locked declarer in dummy, where he was unable to draw the last trump. When Lev won his A, he gave Russell a diamond ruff for +50. Declarer could have made the hand by ducking the K at trick two, because he would later be able to draw all of Russell's trumps.

 

Arnold
South

Berkowitz
West

Sanders
North

Cohen
East

 
 

Pass
Pass
Pass

1NT(10-12)
2
3NT

Pass
Pass
End

2*
2NT
 

At the other table Berkowitz, in three notrump, won the diamond lead and knocked out the A. With North's entry gone it was easy to make three notrump for ten imps.



Bridge Today, Jul-Aug 1993, Larry Cohen, p. 14

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