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Higher, Faster, Stronger

Higher, Faster, Stronger

By In 1st IMSA World Masters Championships On 15th May 2019

As the standard for an opening bid appears to be falling faster the stock market, it has become safer to adopt a more variable approach to third in hand preemptive bids and weak jump overcalls.
On this deal from Round 3 you can contrast the different approach of the West players in the match between Poland and England:

West led the CuoriA and when East followed with the queen she continued with the ]8, a grateful declarer ruffing, drawing trumps and cashing the clubs, +620.
Given that East had supported hearts there was no chance that a second round of the suit would stand up, but does that make it easier for West to switch to a diamond?

Here, if N/S had reached 4Picche (which they would have done if South had overcalled 3Picche) East might have followed to a top heart with the jack. Even so, it would not be easy for West to find the killing switch.
East led the CuoriQ and when West followed with the four (why not the ]2?) she switched to the Picche3, so declarer took ten tricks, but Sweden lost 10 IMPs.

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Mark Horton
Mark Horton

Mark Horton British journalist and expert player, was Editor of Bridge Magazine 1995-2017 and now edits the online publication Bridgerama+. At one time, his business cards were inscribed: Have Cards will Travel, but following the death of his most famous sponsor, the Rabbi Leonard Helman, he has tended to concentrate on his writing exploits (in 2018 he had five books published!). Anyone wanting to discover how to lose at bridge on a regular basis (and pay for the privilege) should feel free to contact him. He currently lives in Shrewsbury with his wife Liz.