THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder
READING THE DEAL FROM THE BIDDING
I hope all of my readers have a very happy and healthy New Year.
Yesterday, I gave the deal for which Peter Bertheau from Sweden won the International Bridge Press Association Yeh Bros. Best Bid of the Year award.
That was excellent, but I particularly admired this action by Peter Fredin, also from Sweden. The deal was originally described by Shane Blanchard of New York City.
Look at the South hand and the auction. Partner’s redouble shows 10 or more points and fewer than four hearts. Doubler’s one no-trump indicates equal length in the minors. And partner’s jump to four hearts promises three-card support and opening count. What would you do now, if anything?
Fredin paused to work out who had what. East would surely have bid one spade over the redouble with four, and West probably had three spades because he would have rescued via one spade with four. So North rated to have five spades. (Not six, because he would have called one spade instead of redouble.)
If West had equal length in the minors, his hand’s distribution was surely 3-2-4-4. Ergo, hearts were breaking 3-2. North also had three or four diamonds, but had not doubled two diamonds for penalty. So he was probably weak there. Fredin deduced that his partner’s 12-plus points were mostly in the majors. And with both of those suits lying well, Fredin bid four no-trump, Roman Key-Card Blackwood, followed by six hearts.
As you can see, this was laydown; South taking five spades, five hearts and two clubs.