None vulnerable

Play Bridge: Direct action over a weak three

As was the case, for over a weak two, one does not take action with just an opening hand.

As was the case, for over a weak two, one does not take action with just an opening hand.

In direct seat, one should have the correct shape and a really good 15-count. The statement, “I had an opening hand so I had to bid” is often given as an explanation for a bad result. A hand with opening points including scattered values in the pre-empt suit should pass and wait to see if partner has the correct hand to balance. If partner cannot balance then defense is the best option. This is a much better method than bidding and finding out it is not one’s hand through a penalty double.

There are two principles to bidding in a pre-emptive auction. The first is that after partner pre-empts, he has described his hand as one-suited and any double by partner must be penalty. The second is that nobody pre-empts a pre-empt including the partner or opponents of the pre-empter.  Action taken by anybody is a show of strength except a raise of the pre-empt suit which could be just furthering the pre-empt.

The bidding: East is quite happy to make a diamond pre-empt with a total of two cards in the majors. He has a six-loser hand and at equal vulnerability, he would be down two playing doubled at the three-level for -300 which is less than what opponents can get for their game.

South has a massive hand and jumps to Four Spades. This is not a pre-emptive bid. It is a stronger bid than Three Spades and shows a self-sufficient suit.

The Play: West leads the Diamond Eight and East wins the Queen and South follows with the 7. East assumes South played his lowest Diamond so he thinks that West also has the Two.

East does not want to set up Diamonds in the dummy and believes that South was not false-carding with the Diamond Seven. East exits his singleton Heart. Expecting a ruff with only a singleton trump may be wishful thinking, but it is a safe exit and if partner has the ace or if declarer takes a Heart finesse, he will ruff with a stiff trump.

A short hand ruff for the defense almost always spells disaster for the declarer.

South wins the Heart Ace and draws trump losing one Heart, one Diamond and one club, making his contract for +420.

Just Posted

Castlegar walk raises thousands for local Alzheimer’s support

Castle Wood Village fundraiser shows astounding support in community, organizers say

IRM reports small sulphuric acid leak at Waneta reload

IRM states a small volume of less than one cup and three dime-sized drips were leaked from carrier

Columbia Basin RDI: Exercise Your Right to Vote

Voter turnout statistics from the Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute

New farmers in Columbia Basin supported by land matching program

New and young farmers in the Basin are receiving support and services from a dedicated land matcher

Columbia Basin Trust offering business accelerator program

Trust seeking motivated companies for customized support and mentorship program

Video: Flyers new mascot ‘Gritty’ a bearded, googly-eyed terror

The Philadelphia Flyers unveiled their new mascot Monday, and as one would expect of the team that gave us the “Broad Street Bullies,” he’s far from cuddly.

Edmonton cannabis company revenues more than triples to $19.1 million

Aurora Cannabis revenues more than triple in fourth quarter

B.C. pharmacist suspended for giving drugs with human placenta

RCMP had samples of the seized substances tested by Health Canada

Seattle one step closer to NHL after arena plan approved

Seattle City Council unanimously approved plans for a privately funded $700 million renovation of KeyArena

Harvest Moon to light up B.C. skies with an ‘autumn hue’

It’s the first moon after the autumn equinox

Hockey league gets $1.4M for assistance program after Humboldt Broncos crash

Program will help players, families, coaches and volunteers after the shock of the deadly crash

Canada has removed six out of 900 asylum seekers already facing U.S. deportation

Ottawa had said the ‘overwhelming majority’ had been removed

Appeal pipeline decision but consult Indigenous communities, Scheer says

The federal appeals court halted the Trans Mountain expansion last month

Most Read