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Nancy Evins: How competitive bidding can mess up your opponents

• Updated Mar 12, 2017 at 2:00 PM

So many interesting hands could be found at that sectional tournament a few weeks ago. Lots to talk about, but keep it civil.

This is one where our opponents could have made it much more difficult for us but didn’t.

East and West are passing all the way through.

Easy bid for South…two diamonds…a transfer to hearts. After North obediently bids hearts, South now bids four no-trump and learns that the five spade bid by North indicated two aces and the queen of trump, hearts. I, South, without going to five no-trump to find out there are two kings in partner’s hand, now bid six hearts where it plays for a top board. Evidently no other Souths thought to ask about kings either. But look what happens if, when North opens one no trump, East bids two no-trump.

If East has been playing awhile with this particular West, he knows West will not take this for a no-trump opener. Had East held such a hand, he would double first and then rebid no trump. However, I’ve seen many a West not realize this is the unusual no-trump bid, promising at least five in each minor suit.

This would present a problem for South who had meant to bid diamonds as a transfer. Should he bid three diamonds and will North recognize it as a transfer…or maybe four diamonds. North probably will transfer to hearts since he also knows East holds diamonds and clubs. If East had simply overcalled two diamonds, which, of course, unless insane, he would never do with this hand, South would double saying this is a “stolen bid”. He bid what I was going to.

Just sayin’.

And this is just another example of “points, schmoints.” There are only 28 points between North and South, or 29, counting the doubleton diamond in South’s hand.

However, I was lucky. What if the ace and queen of hearts were in clubs, and there were only two small hearts?

Nancy Evins, of Lebanon, is a certified bridge instructor. Email her at na_evins@att.net.

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