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Unexpected Consequences

Unexpected Consequences

By In 46th World Bridge Teams Championships On 25th August 2023

Sometimes your actions during the bidding may lead to an unexpected result.
In Round 11 of the Wuhan Cup, Australia led USA1 26-0 partly because of this deal:

You might bid 4NT with the East hand, but it looks to me as if passing is the percentage move, hoping that four tricks will be easier than 11.
When declarer ruffed West’s FioriA at trick one defensive prospects were poor, but declarer, mindful of West’s double and East’s Pass decided to play a low spade at trick two. West won with the king and switched a low heart, three rounds of the suit allowing East to score the setting trick with the PiccheQ.
In the other room there was no double, and declarer was not hard pressed to secure 10 tricks by avoiding the loss of two trump tricks.
However, it did not prove to be a case of ‘Advance Australia Fair’, as over the remaining 7 deals USA1 amassed 44 IMPs without reply!

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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.