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The passing parade


by Ron Klinger

http://www.RonKlingerBridge.com

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PROBLEM

WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
1 Pass1 NT?

What would you do as South with:

N
WE
S
A 3
K Q J 8 6
5 3
6 5 3 2

Suppose right-hand opponent opens 1NT. What would you do with:

♠ 8 7
A K Q J 6 3
Q 6
♣ 6 4 2

Since you have ready-made defence against no-trumps, you should pass and defend. The same would apply if you had HK-Q-J-10-x-x and an outside ace. With an obviously good lead and an outside ace, pass and defend.

South should have heeded that advice on this deal from on BBO:

South Deals
None Vul
K 9 7 2
9 4 3
10 2
A Q 9 4
10 8 6 5
A 7
A Q J 6 4
J 8
N
WE
S
Q J 4
10 5 2
K 9 8 7
K 10 7
A 3
K Q J 8 6
5 3
6 5 3 2
WestNorthEastSouth
   Pass
1 Pass1 NT2 ?
PassPass3 Pass
Pass3 PassPass
Pass   

Lead: CJ - ace - seven - two

Although 2H will make, it was a bad idea since it drove East-West to 3D, which makes comfortably on the normal heart lead and can be defeated only via SA, SK, spade ruff. Bidding 2H also persuaded South to compete to 3H, which was one down for -50.

At the other table, after Pass : 1D : Pass : 1NT, South passed and 1NT became the contract. South led the HK against 1NT. The result was one down for N-S +50.



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