THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder
ARE YOUR CARDS IN THE RIGHT PLACE?
When an average golfer gets a birdie (one under par), it is anticipated that he will make a mess of the next hole. But not a pro. However, what do you think is the worst score by a pro immediately after making a hole in one?
In golf, you try to place your ball well for your next shot. This also applies in bridge. Are your cards meshing well or badly with partner’s hand?
Look only at the North hand. South opens one heart, North raises to two hearts, and South rebids two spades. What should North do now?
Before you answer that question, what does South’s two-spade rebid show?
It indicates a hand too strong to pass out two hearts, but too weak to jump to four hearts. He is showing four spades and a hand with six losers (here, one spade, one heart, three diamonds and one club). South is asking North to look in particular at his holdings in the majors.
North has a useful spade queen, four trumps (a nine-card fit is much better than an eight-carder) and an ace. Yes, he has only seven high-card points and 4-3-3-3 distribution, but since his hand has those three pluses, he should jump to four hearts.
Agreed, on a bad day, declarer will lose three diamonds and one heart, but the odds make this game worth bidding, and it succeeds here.
Late last year in Australia, at a European tour event (yes, in Australia), one golfer had a hole in one. On the next hole, a par four with no water, he had an 11.