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Kathy Yule.

Long Suits: Long Way on Jan’s Day

Back to 1990 for today’s Jan’s Day article which throws up an opening lead problem and a somewhat offbeat double. Let’s deal with the opening lead first and see if you made the same lead as Kathy Yule did 31 years ago.

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West Deals
None Vul
   
J 5
4 3
A 10 5
A Q 10 7 6 4
 
N
W   E
S
   
West North East South
1  Dbl Pass 1 
Pass 2  Pass 2 
Pass 3  Pass 4 
All pass      

 

2Club-small was an artificial force. Your decision?

Oh, and while you are pondering that, what are you going to bid with the following:

     
West Deals
None Vul
 
N
W   E
S
   
 
8 6 2
A K J 6 4 3 2
Q 9 5
West North East South
1  Dbl 2  ?

 

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Jan Cormack

“It was a long flight to the far South but Kathy Yule and I were well rewarded when we played in the Kelvin Hotel South Island Pairs in Invercargill.

Joseph Mitchell and Michael Joseph, of Otago, managed to head off Kathy and myself for first place with Joan Scarlet and Hamish Ryan, of Winton, third.

All pairs played 3 sessions at the end of which the top 14 qualified for the championship with 50% carry forward. Barometer scoring was used in the final.

Thus, all boards were duplicated with all pairs playing the boards at the same time. While I waited impatiently for our score to flash up on the screen at the end of each round, Kathy preferred to ignore our progress.

Kathy certainly found the right lead of the Club-smallA on this deal:

 
West Deals
None Vul
A K 4 3 2
A K Q
Q 4
K J 5
J 5
4 3
A 10 5
A Q 10 7 6 4
 
N
W   E
S
 
10 9 6
10 9 5
9 8 7 6 3 2
3
 
Q 8 7
J 8 7 6 2
K J
9 8 2
West North East South
1  Dbl Pass 1 
Pass 2  Pass 2 
Pass 3  Pass 4 
All pass      

 

She hoped I held a singleton club and was not to be disappointed. I ruffed the second club, Kathy playing Club-small4 asking for a diamond return. Diamond to the ace and then a second club ruff was the only way to defeat this game.

On then to the bidding problem above.

 
     
West Deals
None Vul
 
N
W   E
S
   
 
8 6 2
A K J 6 4 3 2
Q 9 5
West North East South
1  Dbl 2  ?

 

Let us presume you are a direct descendant of Leo the Lion and jump straight to 5Diamond-small! Now you have to play it!

West Deals
None Vul
A 9 7 5
J 10 9
8
A J 8 7 2
K J 10 4 3
A K 8 5 4 2
10
K
 
N
W   E
S
 
Q
Q 7 6 3
Q 9 7 5
10 6 4 3
 
8 6 2
A K J 6 4 3 2
Q 9 5
West North East South
1  Dbl 2  5 
All pass      

 

Partner’s double was optimistic, to put it mildly!"(I wonder how East felt when game was bid…perhaps relief at the lack of a double!)

"North led Heart-smallA which was ruffed and was followed by Club-small5 to the king and ace. Next came a successful diamond finesse, followed by Diamond-smallAK, Club-smallQ, thenClub-small9 to the Club-smallJ and another club ruffed, setting up dummy’s fifth club for a spade discard. Spade-smallA provided an entry to that club, the contract making for the loss of just one spade and Diamond-smallQ.

It just goes to show that aggressive bidding pays off…well, it did this time."

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So, how aggressive here?

How aggressive do you feel like being here? What plan have you for this hand, you know the kind of hand you moan about getting all the time? Moan away…

 
8
9 7 6 4 3
10 8 7 5 3
8 7
West North East South
  Pass Pass 2 
Pass 2  Pass 2 NT
Pass ?    

 

Few would argue against your initial pass or your 2Diamond-smallbid….but what now? Any plans to prolong the auction? 2NT shows 23-24 balanced. Pairs.

Richard Solomon

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