Double means trouble!
| Board 5. Dealer North. N/S
K Q 9 4 3
© 9 7 6
¨ A K
§ Q J 4
© A K Q 5
¨ Q 10 9 6
A 6 2
© 10 3 2
¨ 8 7 4 2
§ 10 9 2
J 10 7
© J 8
¨ J 3
§ A K 8
7 5 3
When someone makes a double, someone is
in trouble. The Norwegian women, Soelvi Remen and Siv Thoresen
cooperated brilliantly on this hand from the encounter with
Ireland in Round 6.
Soelvi flashed a red card onto the tray,
asking partner to lead her weaker major, usually promising a
solid suit. Her bravado was handsomely rewarded when Siv led
the two of hearts. Soelvi's suit was solid, and five heart tricks
and the ace of spades put the contract two light. Doubled. +500
At the other table the bidding also went
1NT - 3NT, but this time West passed. East led from her longest
and strongest, an Eva Lund Heitmann in declarer's seat won the
queen with the ace, and played a spade. It is possible that
East should fear the Club suit and rise with the ace to watch
partner's play. Shift to a heart if she plays a high spade,
and continue diamonds if she played a low one. It is a tough
problem, and I guess not many players would have found the correct
answer. (A Smith Peter would help if East does play the ace.
Editor) East played low, and nine tricks were there for the
taking. Eva cashed her clubs, and when the opponents discarded
hearts en masse, she also threw hers and reverted to spades.
East won the ace, but had only diamonds left. So Aase Langeland
saw her partner enter twelve tricks on her scorecard for a gain
of 15 IMPs.
No double - no trouble!