Bridge I.Q. Lesson

Sunday, September 14, 2014 - 7:30pm
Lesson Type: Declarer play

 

Dlr: South
Vul: EW
 
 
  A863
  743
  952
  1065
 
 
 
 
   J954
   2
   J1086 
   KQJ3
  Q107
  J1098
  43  
  A972
 
 
 
 
  K2
  AKQ65
  AKQ7  
  84
 
 
 
 

 

 South  West  North  East
 1H  Pass  2H  Pass
 4H  Pass  Pass  Pass
       
Opening Lead  Club King

 

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Question:  I held: 

                        105

                        KQ1086

                        83

                        QJ83

        With both sides vulnerable my partner opened 1 heart. Right hand opponent bid 1 spade and I jumped to 4 hearts. Left hand opponent bid 4 spades and my partner doubled. I left it in and they made it. My partner said I should have pulled it with such poor defensive values. What do you think?

Answer. I don't like the 4 heart bid. A bid like this usually shows 5 trump and shortness somewhere. I would have bid 2 hearts over 1 spade. On the actual auction you showed no defensive values. Since you had a little something in clubs you had more defense than partner had a right to play you for. If you had a good hand you would have bid 2 spades after the overcall, not 4 hearts.  You were correct to pass the double.

 

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