Both Vulnerable

Play Bridge: Holding an opponent’s suit

Play Bridge with Warren Watson

In competing, a player must be positive that he does not want to defend the hand. A double of the final contract is the ultimate statement that one wants to defend, and competition is the complete opposite.

We have seen that with a misfit with partner, we want to defend, and with a Golden fit or a double fit, we want to declare. When we have length in a suit bid by an opponent, even if they are playing in a different suit, we want to defend and lead trump if that is not opponent’s suit we have length in. If one has four or more trump, one wants to avoiding ruffing and to force declarer to ruff and shorten his own holding. This is called the forcing defense or tapping the declarer.

The bidding: East, playing five-card majors and better minor, opens his longer minor and South overcalls One Heart. West has nothing to say and passes. He has a stopper, possibly two, in hearts and 6 to 9 points but refrains from bidding One No Trump because it is an impossible contract to play. Five cards of his entire hand amount to zero tricks if he declares a One Notrump contract. Against One No Trump, North, perfunctorily, will lead a heart and South will switch to his second suit, diamonds, after winning his Queen of Hearts. Now West gets zero Heart tricks unless he can end play South.

When West and North pass, East doubles in case his partner is trap passing. He is not, and South bids perforce his second suit. West breathes a sigh of relief that he does not have to bid his three-card spade suit. He does not have enough to leave a double of One Heart in. To double a one-level contract for penalty, one’s side needs a total of 22 points and at least three trump tricks.

East and West are happy to defend because they could be -200, a matchpoint disaster, in anything they declare.

Just Posted

Kootenay view from the top

Blue skies greeted those who ventured to the top of Granite Mountain

Trail cannabis shop gets green light from province

The Higher Path hopes to open doors in next couple of weeks

Man spotted with shotgun in East Trail leads to weapons discovery

RCMP recover numerous weapons and stolen items after search on Fifth Ave.

Smoke Eaters make big move between the pipes, sign WHL goaltender with Trail ties

Trail Smoke Eaters add WHL goaltender, Donovan Buskey, to line up at trade deadline

Butterflies for Rossland brother and sister duo heading to world ski championships

Remi and Jasmine Drolet will represent Canada in Finland

VIDEO: Car flies across median, flips over edge of B.C. overpass

Dash cam footage shows vehicle speeding across Brunette Avenue overpass in Coquitlam

Indigenous energy summit includes session on pipeline ownership options

Steven Saddleback of the Indian Resource Council says a session will feature presentations on financing models

Japanese grand champion Kisenosato retires from sumo

The 32-year-old Kisenosato was the first Japanese-born wrestler in 19 years to gain promotion to sumo’s highest rank

UPDATE: Accused B.C. high school killer found fit to stand trial

Gabriel Klein is accused in the 2016 stabbing death of Letisha Reimer at Abbotsford Senior Secondary

Right-wing, neo-Nazi, white supremacist groups an increasing concern: Goodale

Ten people died in April 2018 when Alek Minassian allegedly drove a rental van down the busy stretch in Toronto

Canadian stock exchanges to conduct lottery for ‘POT’ ticker amid high demand

The symbol became available after fertilizer Potash Corp. officially merged with Agrium Inc. in early 2018

Millennial Money: Don’t let Instagram envy get you into debt

A full 48 per cent of U.S. households have credit card debt

Jury debates fate of man accused of killing 12-year-old B.C. girl 40 years ago

Police allege Garry Handlen told a cop how he abducted, sexually assaulted and strangled Monica Jack in May 1978

Most Read