North south vulnerable

Play Bridge: Final column for slam series

"This is the last column in my slam series and the start of a series on competitive bidding."

This is the last column in my slam series and the start of a series on competitive bidding. Right after that, I will start a series on lying and then the Two-Over-One Bidding System.

The bidding: South opens One Spade. West has nothing to say with all of his high card points outside of his long suit, so he passes. North, knowing the partnership will make game, bids Jacoby Two No Trump. He hand is too strong for a jump to four of the major, and he is too strong for a splinter bid. All he needs, from partner, to make game is 10 points. For example, if North were in first seat, he would open One Spade and go to game after a limit raise. An equivalence of 15 points is too strong for a splinter.

Over Jacoby Two No Trump, East jams the auction with a bid of five diamonds. Assuming hearts distribute around the table evenly, he has five losers, three of which are in hearts. At favourable vulnerability, Five Diamonds is the correct bid.

If South has slam interest and Diamond shortness, he would pass Five Diamonds and pull partner’s obligatory penalty double. The pass is a forcing pass because when North and South have enough for game, the opponents cannot play, if they play at all, undoubled.

However, if South has slam interest but has two or more losers in the opponent’s suit, he bids the Last Train, Five Hearts. It asks partner to go to slam with a singleton in opponent’s suit and possibly a grand with a void or singleton Ace. North goes to Six.

The Lead: The Ace of Diamonds then a Club for partner to hopefully ruff. From the bidding, East is unlikely to have the Ace of Clubs but may have a void. It is unlikely in the absence of a Lightner double.

The play: Declarer holds his breath as East follows to the Club lead, draws trump and claims.

Result: Six Spades making for +1430.

Note: A heart or diamond sacrifice would be foolhardy with the obvious diamond misfit. A pre-empt jams the auction but also warns partner to stay out of the auction with shortness in the pre-empt suit. In a previous column, I stated that one certainly would not want to be at the three-level with a double misfit, so one would certainly avoid the five-level in a similar situation.

Just Posted

Starbucks baristas in Trail donate $7,000 in tips

Funds will go toward the breakfast program in five Kootenay Columbia elementary schools

Good fencing makes good neighbours— especially when your neighbours are bears

Workshop in Pass Creek this weekend to promote benefits of proper protection for livestock

Feeling the heat

What you see: If you have a recent photo to share email

Air time at Trail Sk8 Park

The Trail Sk8Park is located near the Gyro Park boat launch

B.C. MP’s climate-change alarmism challenged

Letter to the Editor from Thorpe Watson, PhD, Warfield

People flocking to Vancouver Island city to see hundreds of sea lions

Each year the combination of Steller and California sea lions take over Cowichan Bay

Commercial trucks banned from left lane of Coquihalla

B.C.’s Ministry of Transportation has introduced a new program that hopes to prevent accidents and closures on the Coquihalla Highway.

B.C. on track to record same number of overdose deaths as last year

128 people died of overdoses in September, bringing the total to more than 1,100 so far in 2018

B.C. firefighters rescue horse stuck in mud

‘It happens more often than you’d think,’ says deputy chief

Canadians more prepared for weather disaster than financial one: poll

RBC recommends people check their bank app as often as the weather app

B.C. dog owner sues after pet killed in beaver trap

A Kamloops man is suing the operator of a trapline north of the city after his dog died

Heading soccer balls can cause damage to brain cells: UBC study

Roughly 42 per cent of children in the country play soccer, according to statistics from Heritage Canada

Supreme Court hears case on migrant detainees’ rights to challenge incarceration

Currently, migrants who do not hold Canadian citizenship can only challenge detention through an immigration tribunal or a judicial review.

Canada Post issues new offer to employees as eBay calls on Ottawa to end strikes

Ebay is calling on the federal government to legislate an end to the Canada Post contract dispute, warning that quick action is needed to ensure retailers don’t lose out on critical Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.

Most Read