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When responding in a choice of four card suits, you should technically bid the cheaper one - going “up the ladder”. But this week’s responder sensibly broke the rule and so achieved a spectacularly good result on the hand. Here it is:
♥ A Q J 7
♦ Q 7 6 3
♣ A 8 6 4
♠ K 10 7 4 2
♥ 10 6 4 2
♦ 10 9 4
♠ Q J 5 3
♥ 9 5 3
♦ 5 2
♣ K Q J 7
♠ A 9 8
♥ K 8
♦ A K J 8
♣ 10 9 3 2
|1 ♥||Pass||2 ♦|
|Pass||4 ♦||Pass||6 ♦|
South did not fancy responding in the cheaper four card suit - ♣s (see Tip). Had he done so, then the partnership might easily have declared 5♣ or 6♣ with disastrous consequences. After his 2♦ response, North gave jump support - his hand improving with the ♦ fit and the useful singleton ♠. South, who had fallen in love with his ♥K - honours in partner’s suits are always worth more than their point value - jumped to 6♦ and West led ♣5.
South won ♣A, played ♠6 to ♠A and trumped ♠8 with ♦3. He crossed to ♥K and trumped ♠9 with ♦6. He cashed dummy’s ♦Q, crossed to his ♦J, cashed ♦K drawing the last opposing trump, then led ♥8 to dummy’s ♥AQJ. Away went two of his three losing ♣s and twelve tricks were his.
ANDREW’S TIP: Do not bid bad suits on good hands.