Paul Cronin

Oh the tangled web we weave !

In Wednesday’s “Bulletin” from the Orlando NABC the following hand was written up:





       Q107                                                                        AKJ3

       1095                                                                         A3

       QJ4                                                                          9652

       AK92                                                                        J105





The auction went     N     E     S     W

                                 1H    X     P    2S     All Pass

North led one of the top diamonds, and declarer proceeded to take 11 tricks.

To quote part of the article “Naturally, Joel bid the “obvious” 2S”.

Can’t argue with the result, but is this the kind of hand that should be given the official imprimatur of being printed in the daily bulletin?

What would someone learning the game make of West bidding 2S rather than some number of clubs? Does East’s double of 1H show preference for the other major? Would East still have doubled with  AK3   AJ   9652    J1054 ?  If so, wouldn’t 3NT be the best landing place rather than a 3-3 spade fit?  

Oh the tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.



Judy Kay-WolffDecember 2nd, 2016 at 5:53 pm

Good morning Paul,

To be perfectly frank, I had just arisen when I read this subject matter .. and to be completely honest, my reaction was that 2S was a typo …. until I read further. If 2S was the recommended response, I flunked the test with flying colors.
No one ever said Bridge is an easy game!

Paul CroninDecember 2nd, 2016 at 10:33 pm

Hi Judy,

Hope we can make bridge an easier game by learning to jump respond to pard’s TO DBL in our three card suit. Reminds me of a partner of mine of long ago who used to overcall at the 3 level with 4 card suits – maybe he had it right:)

Judy Kay-WolffFebruary 8th, 2017 at 6:07 am

Are my eyes starting to go? I could not find your blog on Partners Club on BW.



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