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155. April 10, 2000 : ALL-STAR GAME 1

Dealer: East
Vul: All

North





 

West

East

 









 

South

 

-
A K 2
A K J 8 6 2
9 8 5 4

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 
1
?

 
Pass
 

 
1
 

Pass
Pass
 

You are South. What do you bid?

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SOLUTION

Dealer: East
Vul: All

North

A K 9 3 2
7 4
10 9 4
K 7 6

 

West

East

 

J 10 7 4
J 10 8 5 3
5
Q 10 3

Q 8 6 5
Q 9 6
Q 7 3
A J 2

 

South

 

-
A K 2
A K J 8 6 2
9 8 5 4

Michael Rosenberg's two-club bid, the popular start to describing an extra-value 6-4, works less well than Alain LÚvy's more limitimg two-diamonds. LÚvy is able to show his heart stopper over three diamonds and then subside over three notrump.

 

South
LÚvy

West
Meckstroth

North
Mouiel

East
Rodwell

 
 

 
1
2
3

 
Pass
Pass
Pass

 
1
3
3NT

Pass
Pass
Pass
End

Rosenberg, who has reason to be concerned about short clubs opposite, caters in a small way to slam before subsiding in five diamonds, which he expects to make.

 

South
Rosenberg

West
Chemla

North
Deutsch

East
Perron

 
 

 
1
2
3
5

 
Pass
Pass
Pass
End

 
1
3
3
 

Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
 

Mouiel gets the toughtful lead of the Q from Rodwell. He wins the king and makes the safety play of a low diamond from A-K-J-x-x-x, guaranteeing the contract unless West has the four outstanding diamonds. With a sure entry to the North hand and the lines of communication open, Mouiel can take his nine sure winners for +600.

Rosenberg can save the board by getting the diamonds right after a heart lead from Chemla., but why should he do that? He plays ace-king of trumps early and loses the Q and two evental clubs for -100.

Bridge Today, Nov-Dec 1992, p. 2

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