THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder
A JUMP FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER JUMP
In yesterday’s column, we looked at a deal in which the responder made a strong jump shift, then, on the second round, jumped again in his suit to announce that it was completely solid.
In today’s deal, the responder jumps in his own suit, then jumps in his partner’s suit. What does that show?
While you are thinking about that, some pairs add a third hand-type for a strong jump shift: a strong 5-3-3-2. I do not like that, because when responder rebids in no-trump, opener does not know the length of responder’s suit. In my two-way style, responder must have a six-card suit if he jumps in it, then rebids in no-trump. This allows the opener to count winners more accurately.
North’s sequence here shows, in principle, five decent spades, four good hearts and 5-4-2-2 distribution, with (almost) all of his points in the majors. His hand is a textbook example.
Then South wonders if a grand slam might be makable, but decides to settle for “a sure thing.”
West leads the diamond king. Declarer thinks that he can see 12 winners (five spades, five hearts, one diamond and one club), with the club finesse for the overtrick. So South takes the first trick with his diamond ace and draws trumps. Then he turns to the spades, but suddenly five tricks there shrink to four. Now he has no sensible choice but to take the club finesse. Finally something works.
Note that East did well to keep equal length with the dummy, never discarding a spade while declarer drew trumps.