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 Jan Cormack.

The “Joys” of Pre-emption.

Pre-emptive bids not only describe a particular hand shape very well (that is most people’s pre-empts do!) but they can make the bidding extremely difficult for the opposition: very little room to judge whether they should stop in part-score, settle in game or try for a slam. However, there is occasionally a down-side when the player “fixed” by the pre-empt is the pre-emptor’s partner.

Over then to Jan.

Jan’s Day: Whose Side are you on, partner?

“Pre-emptive bidding at a high level is designed to make life difficult for the opponents by denying them valuable bidding space to find their best spot.

However, there are times when these pre-emptive tactics can backfire by making life difficult for partner! How would you feel holding the following two-suited blockbuster hearing your partner open 3Spade-small first in hand?

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North Deals
E-W Vul
 
N
W   E
S
   
 
A K J 10 8 7 3
K
A K J 10 2
West North East South
  3  Pass ?

What action would you take? Partner does not really need much to make a small slam in hearts or even clubs. Diamond-smallA or Heart-smallQ or Club-smallQ or just Heart-smallQxx and a singleton/doubleton club. On the other hand, 4Heart-small may be the only making game. For those cowardly souls who opted for 4Heart-small, this was the full deal:

North Deals
E-W Vul
Q J 10 9 7 5 3
Q 9
Q J 6
5
A 6 4
5 2
A 10 8 7 3
9 6 4
 
N
W   E
S
 
K 8 2
6 4
9 5 4 2
Q 8 7 3
 
A K J 10 8 7 3
K
A K J 10 2
West North East South
  3  Pass ?

 

6Heart-small just cannot be defeated.  Even after the best lead of a trump, declarer plays Diamond-smallK. If the ace is taken and a heart continued, declarer simply wins with Heart-smallQ in dummy, cashes Diamond-smallQJ throwing two clubs and is now obliged to take the winning club finesse for 12 tricks.

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Then there was the following deal, also from the Australian Open Teams. Second in hand, your partner opens 3D. You hold:

     
West Deals
Both Vul
 
N
W   E
S
   
 
K 9 7
A K Q J 10 7 6
J
Q 10
West North East South
Pass 3  Pass ?

 

What is your choice of bid? Did you bid 4Heart-small? Bad luck!

 

West Deals
Both Vul
J 6
8
A K 7 6 4 3 2
J 9 5
A Q 10 4
4 2
10 8 5
8 7 4 3
 
N
W   E
S
 
8 5 3 2
9 5 3
Q 9
A K 6 2
 
K 9 7
A K Q J 10 7 6
J
Q 10
West North East South
Pass 3  Pass ?

 

As you can see, 3NT is the winning bid with 9 tricks unstoppable. The likely lead against 4Heart-small is a club. The defence can take Club-smallAK and then switch to a spade through K97 to score four tricks and defeat 4Heart-small by one trick.”

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Brave, foolhardy, or just plain lucky. You be the judge!

 

  Aim for making Game.. for less experienced players and others

That’s normally the case when you are in 3NT.

 

West Deals
None Vul
K 10 9 7
A
A Q J 8 4
K Q 3
   
N
W   E
S
   
 
Q J 6
9 7 6 3 2
A 7 6 5 4
West North East South
Pass 1  Pass 1 
Pass 2Spade-small Pass 3 NT
All Pass      
       

 

2Spade-small was natural and game-forcing. South ended the auction quickly! West led Diamond-small6.

Plan the play.

Richard Solomon

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