Join Bridge Winners
Common Game 2019-05-07 Board 2
West
Q64
AJ9
9842
963
North
J108
73
J1073
AKQJ
East
K75
Q8
AKQ5
10754
South
A932
K106542
6
82
D
2
West
North
East
South
1
1
1NT
P
P
P

Analysis by Michael Berkowitz

I'm a vulnerability coward. The South hand is one that I do not like to preempt on regardless of position. Somewhere along the line, many eons ago, one bridge teacher told one student, "never preempt with a void or a side four-card major," and most teachers since that day have been trying to undo the damage. hen considering a preempt, there are two big factors outside of your own hand: seat and vulnerability. The more those factors point to aggression, the more flawed your preempt can be. Flaws include a side four-card major, a bad suit, a void or a terrible hand. Whether you preempt with a side four-card major will also depend on whether the major is any good (here, it's ok) and how much you would like to preempt (here with the most conservative vulnerability, not very much). Since you would like to mention hearts, you can bid 1. West will bid 1NT and North might consider doubling, but I like to encourage light overcalls by partner and doubling here might find me a new partner. East has nothing to say and South might choose 2, but the NT bid and vulnerability would talk me out of it.

North could lead the J, because it's always more fun to lead fourth best from AKQJ and you don't really care what partner holds in this suit. After looking at dummy, North needs to decide what path might lead to defeating the contract. I would win the clubs and when partner pitches discouraging hearts, try the J. Declarer needs to play carefully, but most paths should lead to 7 or 8 tricks.

2 Comments
Getting Comments... loading...
.

Bottom Home Top