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Thought and Choice in Bridge

Thought and Choice in Bridge

By In 46th World Bridge Teams Championships On 1st September 2023

How does one decide upon the best way to bid a particular hand? Experience will be helpful, but sometimes there is no clear answer. This deal from the third session might be suitable for The Bridge World’s You be the Jury or Bridge Magazine’s Cui Culpa series.

South led the [7] and declarer won with the queen, cashed the QuadriA and then played the CuoriK followed by the Cuori10, covered by the queen and ace. The FioriQ was covered by the king and ace and in due time South was squeezed in clubs and hearts, declarer taking all the tricks, +520.
Some questions:
Should West rebid 4Quadri, given that it goes past 3NT?
Might East have bid 4Fiori over 3NT, given his control rich hand?
Had EW reached 6Cuori would declarer have made it?

I will need to check with the Norwegians for the precise meaning of the bids after 4Quadri, but once East had bid 4Picche I don’t think they were ever going to stop short of 6Quadri.
North led the Cuori7 and declarer won with the jack, drew trumps, cashed two top hearts and then took the spade finesse, soon claiming 12 tricks for +920 and 9 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.