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Out of Luck Out of Form

Out of Luck Out of Form

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


When you are at the top of your game, the luck tends to go with you. When you are below your best it tends to go the other way.
That has certainly been the case for the English team so far – as witness this deal from Round 4:

It looks normal to overcall and 2Picche is a fairly normal approach, but here it cost -1100. Still, it would be a bargain if teammates happened to alight in 6Fiori!

NS did play in clubs – but not at the required level.
Perhaps suspecting that a double might be coming, West decided to take a bid, but to be honest 1NT is unsound. Had North doubled, which is certainly the indicated action, East would probably have bid 2Picche when South would have joined the party. Even if East passes, the defenders should be able to collect ten tricks against 1NT doubled.


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Mark Horton

Mark Horton British journalist and expert player, was Editor of Bridge Magazine 1995-2017 and now edits the free online publication A New Bridge Magazine. 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 to contact him. He currently lives in Shrewsbury with his wife Liz.