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Double Time


by Ron Klinger

http://www.RonKlingerBridge.com

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Problem

North-Dealer | Nil-Vulnerable

WestNorthEastSouth
 1 1 1 
3  (1)4 ? 

(1) Splinter raise to 4H, good hand

What would you do as East with:

N
WE
S
K J 5 3
A 10 5 4 3
J 4
Q 6

Solution

From World Teams Championships:

North Deals
None Vul
Q 10 4 2
7
8 6
A K J 8 7 3
A
K Q J 9 6
Q 10 9 3 2
9 4
N
WE
S
K J 5 3
A 10 5 4 3
J 4
Q 6
9 8 7 6
8 2
A K 7 5
10 5 2

In Australia vs France, who were the ultimate winners

WestNorthEastSouth
 1 1 1 
3  (1)4 PassPass
5 PassPassDbl
PassPassPass 

(1) Splinter raise to 4H, good hand

Lead: DA 9 tricks N-S +300

East should have doubled 4S, but was under the impression that a double here would be an invitation for West to bid higher. This is a sensible principle: If your side has agreed on a trump suit and either partner has promised game-invitation values or better, a double is for penalties. Here East-West would collect 300 from 4S doubled.

There was no swing, since France was also in 5H doubled, but it was a lost opportunity. In the Bermuda Bowl match between USA1 and India, USA1 did double 4S for +300 and gained 12 Imps when India was -300 in 5H doubled at the other table.



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