North South Vulnerable

An unfavourable sacrifice

"An unwritten rule with pre-empts is that one should pre-empt as high as one can the first chance and not raise one’s own pre-empt later."

The bidding: This is a hand that occurred at the South Okanagan Spring Sectional tournament in Osoyoos. Fixed is a term, I hope you do not know because you are on the receiving end of it. It means that the opponents made a bid that normally gets a bad score, but they gambled, and the bid turned out well for them.

In the final round of the pair event, I came up against a pair having a bad round who had nothing to lose with a gamble. When they made a five-level vulnerable sacrifice, my partner and I let them play doubled in anticipation of down two and a top board.

East opened one diamond with the intention of rebidding two clubs over partner’s anticipated one heart bid. However, South had the hearts and made a three-heart pre-empt. West bid three spades, and North bid four hearts. East bid four spades, perhaps too eagerly, and South raised her own pre-empt to five hearts.

West doubled because he had two quick heart losers, and because he thought he stretched a little to bid three spades. The most East and West could get is 450 playing spades and 500 if hearts go down two doubled. Therefore, East let them play doubled.

An unwritten rule with pre-empts is that one should pre-empt as high as one can the first chance and not raise one’s own pre-empt later. The opponents broke this rule and unfortunately were rewarded with a top board. That is bridge.

The Lead: Five of Diamonds

The play: Declarer gained the lead after losing a diamond and a spade and drew trump, lost the ace of clubs and claimed.

Result: Declarer lost one spade, one diamond and one club for down one and -200. Sacrifices, at unfavourable vulnerability, are rare and reaped a very good result for the gambling pair.

Just Posted

Free Family Day fun for Greater Trail

Public skating in Rossland and Trail are a few of the free offerings for families this weekend

Province announces $23 million for upgrades at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital

West Kootenay-Boundary Regional Hospital District Board has yet to review the provincial proposal

Rossland library gets rave reviews on renovation

A lot of hard work led to this day, says a library board member

Tell the Times

Web Poll: Do you stay in town or leave for holidays like Family Day?

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

East Kootenay illicit drug overdose deaths lowest in B.C.

Local expert credits harm reduction efforts; declares support for legalization of opioids

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

B.C. couple attacked with acid, slashed with knife in Vietnam

Warning, graphic images: Man has burns on 80 per cent of his body, slashed with knife

Northern B.C. First Nation clan says ancient tools found at pipeline work site

Archeologists from the Smithsonian Institute estimate one of the stones found dates back up to 3500 years

Names keep adding to vaccine petition started by B.C. mom

Maple Ridge mom started campaign to make vaccination a condition of attending school

Most Read