10th World Youth Team Championship Page 5 Bulletin 2 - Tuesday 9 August  2005


Double Trouble

by Ron Klinger

Round 2 - Japan v Norway

The double and the failure to double provided the major swing boards in this encounter:

Bd 5: Dealer North: N-S vulnerable
 ♠ 5 4
A K J 9
J 6 3 2
♣ 9 5 3

♠ A K 7 6
8 7 4 3
A 8
♣ K 6 4
Bridge deal
♠ 9 8 3
6 5
K Q 9
♣ A Q J 7 2
 ♠ Q J 10 2
Q 10 2
10 7 5 4
♣ 10 8

WestNorthEastSouth
LindqvistShigaE. EideYokoi
 Pass1♣Pass
1*Pass1NTPass
3NTAll pass

*Shows hearts

The ♠Q was led and declarer made ten tricks.

WestNorthEastSouth
TanakaLivguardIkemotoP. Eide
 Pass1♣Pass
1Pass1NTPass
2♠Pass3NTPass
PassDbleAll pass

North doubled for the heart lead, which would have saved the overtrick. South chose the ♣10 and declarer had ten tricks for +650, + 6 Imps to Japan.

Board 11, Dealer South: None Vul.
 ♠ K
Q J 8 4
A J 7 4 3 2
♣ 6 3

♠ Q 4 3
A K 10 7
10 6 5
♣ A Q 8
Bridge deal
♠ 10 9 8 7 2
6 5
9
♣ J 10 9 7 4
 ♠ A J 6 5
9 3 2
K Q 8
♣ K 5 2

WestNorthEastSouth
LindqvistShigaE. EideYokoi
   1♣
1NTDble2♠Dble
All pass

North doubled 1NT for penalties and so South doubled 2♠ with like intent. With a very shapely hand and knowing East-West had an 8-card spade fit at least, North might have chosen to remove the double. N-S might possibly then have reached 3NT for a much better result.

The lead was the 2, taken by the ace, and the ♠3 went to the king. North shifted to A and another diamond, but declarer ruffed and took repeated club finesses. He emerged with nine tricks for +570. At the other table:

WestNorthEastSouth
TanakaLivguardIkemotoP. Eide
   1♣
1NTDblePassPass
RdblPass2♣Pass
Pass2All pass

Lead: ♣J

E-W could take five tricks, but no more. N-S +90 and 12 Imps to Norway. After 19 boards Norway was leading by 36-15, but they suffered a huge reverse on Board 20:

Dealer W: All Vul.
 ♠ K J 7
Q
A Q J 9 3 2
♣ 10 6 3

♠ A Q 10 9 8 5
A 3
10
♣ A J 9 8
Bridge deal
♠ 6 4
K 7 6 5 2
K 8 7
♣ K 7 2
 ♠ 3 2
J 10 9 8 4
6 5 4
♣ Q 5 4

WestNorthEastSouth
TanakaLivguardIkemotoP. Eide
1♠2DblePass
3♣Pass3Pass
3♠Pass3NTPass
4♠All pass

This was a sensible auction (although I confess I would have chosen 3♠ rather than 3♣. Declarer lost two spades and a club, but that was still +420. At the other table:

WestNorthEastSouth
LindqvistShigaE. EideYokoi
1♠2PassPass
DblePass3Pass
4PassPassDble
All pass

Eastís failure to make a negative double over 2 is mysterious. When he later jumped to 3 in reply to Westís re-opening double, West assumed more hearts and fewer points. Many thought South should pass this pleasant turn of events, but South doubled and West declined to run.

South led a diamond and declarer might have held the loss to 500 after A, K by playing on clubs. When he chose to try the double finesse in spades, the cost was 1100 and 17 Imps to Japan to bring the final outcome to 15-15.


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