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Sensational Start

Sensational Start

By In 46th World Bridge Teams Championships On 30th August 2023

There was barely time to catch your breath when the Bermuda Bowl semifinal between Switzerland and USA2 got under way:

The Americans superbly detailed convention card lists 9 possible rebids after 1Quadri-1Picche (in an uncontested auction) but stops at 3Cuori. However, interpreting the meaning of 3Picche is not the hardest task one might face.

East led the QuadriK followed by the ace and declarer ruffed and was soon claiming 11 tricks, +600.

With a five-card suit that had been supported, and the inference that partner would be short in clubs West took what he thought would at worst be a good save.
North led the QuadriQ and declarer won with dummy’s ace, played a heart to the ace and ran the Picche10. When that held he could draw the outstanding trump and claim, +650 and 15 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.