Tuesday, March 17, 2009

What scores better for EW? Five clubs or Four hearts?

Dlr: S
Vul: Nil

















After South opened TWO SPADES, some E-Ws got to FIVE CLUBS as at our table,
there was no problem to the play, club queen sitting nicely.
I wondered if FOUR HEARTS might not be the better matchpoint score for East West, and was
in fact, a little smug. But we got only 33% for -400. Do you see what happened?
When south leads his singleton diamond, only a few declarers cleared trumps with HA, HK and another.
Most finessed, and now south put in partner with the Spade Ace and they got a D ruff to go with their three tricks.

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In these pages, I comment on hands from Bridge Base Online ACBL tourneys. I play in these with a variety of partners with different degrees of skill. I might present a hand or two from my collection of bridge books, every now and then. I am more interested in play and defense than in complex bidding systems, but I do follow the cut and thrust of Vanderbilt and World Championship Vugraph and try to keep abreast of expert practice in the obstructive and constructive bidding system department. I may also feature, newspaper-style, famous hands from important matches that I saw on Vugraph.

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