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Curb your enthusiasm

by Ron Klinger

Improve Your Bridge Online


What would you do as West with:

♠ A K Q 9 8 4 3
K 10
♣ K 6 4

East Deals
E-W Vul
6 5
Q 9 8 5 2
A 6
10 9 5 2
A K Q 9 8 4 3
K 10
K 6 4
J 4
K Q J 10 7 5 3 2
J 8 3
J 10 7 2
A 7 6 3
8 4
A Q 7
  4 Pass
4 PassPassPass
4  by West

East's 4D opening is typical of the modern style. Pre-empt three more than your playing tricks regardless of the vulnerability. East has six losers, thus seven playing tricks and three more = a 4D opening. West's 4S bid was optimistic. He needed East to have useful cards in hearts and clubs or a friendly defence. West lost a spade, a heart, a diamond and two clubs, -200.

At the other table, after the problem given, West bid a foolish 4S over 3H. North doubled and declarer lost the same five tricks for -500 and -7 Imps. South's takeout double, suggesting 4+ spades, was a strong reason for West to resist 4S. It would have been ample to bid 3S. With suitable values East could raise to 4S. With the actual hand, East would bid 4D, which makes.

A man's got to know his limitations. (Harry Callahan, played by Clint Eastwood, in Magnum Force)


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