Written by David Farmer
This is not a happy tale. It started off innocently enough with North opening 1D, my passing as East, and South bidding 1H. Then my partner West opened 1S and I got excited and things went downhill...
North bid 2D, and I counted my losers coming to 8. I was not sure whether to bid 3S or 4S on my massive fit and diamond void, so I temporized and bid 3S, telling myself that when I later bid 4S it might stop the opponents from doubling or continuing to bid.
After 3S, South bid 4H which was passed around to me, and sure enough I bid my 4S - not taking into account South's confidence in bidding game without any sign of a fit from partner.
So was South intimidated enough to pass and leave 4S undoubled?
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Written by Derrick Browne
Finessing is one of most important plays in bridge. But what do you do when the cards are likely offside and your finesses are therefore slated to lose?
S 42 S 97
H AQ82 H T975
D KJ4 D T985
C KT92 C J76
WEST NORTH EAST SOUTH
1C Pass Pass Dble
Pass 1NT Pass 4S
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