September 2020 - 53

Intermediate Players

The Real Deal
BY LARRY COHEN

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Accidents happen
This deal is from the 2016 North
American Bridge Championships in
Orlando where I temporarily revived
my partnership with Marty Bergen.
Enough years have gone by to publish
this embarrassing deal from my notes.
In a team game, with neither side vulnerable, I dealt as South with:
♠Q J 10 9 2 ♥K 10 9 ♦A 5 4 3 ♣8.
With that good five-card suit and
the beautiful 10-9s, I opened 1♠. LHO
overcalled with a strong notrump, and
Marty jumped to 3NT.
What's that? If he wanted to be in
3NT, he would have doubled. So, this
must be some sort of raise? What page
of the notes was this on, I wondered. I
must have had a very confused look on
my face. I retreated to 4♠ and everyone passed. A high club was led, and
dummy surprised me:
♠K
♥AQJ2
♦QJ982
♣Q43
♠ Q J 10 9 2
♥ K 10 9
♦A543
♣8
Huh? It seems a penalty double
wasn't available to Marty; it must have
been on one of those pages of notes I
hadn't fully comprehended. He had no
forcing bids available, so he bid what
he thought he could make.
Had I been on the same page (pun
intended), I would have passed and

nothing good would have happened.
The defense would have led clubs and
we'd have no chance, losing four clubs
and the ♠A.
How about 4♠ with fewer trumps
than our opponents? Let's take a look
at the Real Deal:
♠K
♥AQJ2
♦QJ982
♣Q43
♠A84
♠7653
♥875
♥643
♦ K 10
♦76
♣AKJ92
♣ 10 7 6 5
♠ Q J 10 9 2
♥ K 10 9
♦A543
♣8
West led a high club. What next? He
tried another high club, which was
as good a defense as any. I ruffed and
played a spade to the king which held.
I came to the ♥10 and drove out the
♠A. West played a club to dummy's
queen, but I came to my hand and drew
trumps, happy to find them 4-3. I had
10 tricks without the diamonds - four
in each major and one in each minor.
Had West never continued clubs, I
would make my 10 tricks by losing only
the black aces and the ♦K. 4♠ was
undefeatable.
Bidding accidents usually lead to
poor results, but in this case, luck was
on our side. The 5-1 major-suit game
was cold! Note: The more prosaic 4-3
heart fit would also have produced a
makeable game.
◾

West hands for the
September Bidding Box

Bid these hands with a partner.
The East hands are on pg. 55. The
North-South players are silent unless
otherwise noted. Scores on pgs. 32-35.
Problem 1. North deals. None vul.
♠A J 7 6 3 ♥A 2 ♦J ♣A K Q 7 6
Problem 2. East deals. N-S vul.
♠A ♥7 5 ♦K J 9 6 3 2 ♣Q 10 9 2
Problem 3. South deals. E-W vul.
♠K Q 10 7 4 ♥A ♦Q 6 5 3 2 ♣10 3
Problem 4. West deals. Both vul.
♠A J 6 2 ♥K 10 ♦A K 9 6 3 ♣A 5
Problem 5. North deals. N-S vul.
♠A 10 9 8 ♥K 7 6 5 ♦Q 3 ♣Q 9 4
Problem 6. East deals. E-W vul.
♠K 4 ♥K Q 10 9 6 3 ♦Q 9 5 ♣8 6
Problem 7. South deals. Both vul.
South opens 1♦. North bids 3♦ (preemptive) if possible.
♠8 6 ♥K J 10 9 8 2 ♦- ♣A K 5 4 2
Problem 8. West deals. None vul.
North overcalls hearts at the one or
two level. South raises one level if
possible.
♠A K 5 ♥6 3 ♦8 5 ♣A J 9 6 4 3
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of September 2020

In First Seat - Paul Linxwiler
Inbox -Letters to the Editor
A Message from the President
The Recruiter King
The Rise and Fall of the Precision Team
Eyes on the Street
BBO Helpdesk
NABC Robot Individual
Play the Cards You're Dealt
Endless Summer Results
Defensive Maneuvers – part 4
Ruling the Game
The Bidding Box
It's Your Call
Card Play 101 - by Phillip Alder
Parrish the Thought - Adam Parrish
Reasoning with Robert - Robert Todd
Startup Bridge by Lynn Berg
Lessons Learned by Michael Berkowitz
Bidding Basics by Larry Cohen
Ask Jerry - by Jerry Helms
Mike's Bridge Lesson - Mike Lawrence
Chalk Talk- Eddie Kantar
Boehm on Bridge
Better Bridge with Bergen-Marty Bergen
Challenge of the Month
The Real Deal - by Larry Cohen
West Hands -Bidding Box
Bidding Matters - by Karen Walker
East Hands -Bidding Box
Test Your Play
Mike's Advice - by Mike Lawrence
Solutions to Test Your Play
My Bridge and Yours - by Frank Stewart
Dear Billy - by Billy Miller
Bridge with the Abbot - by David Bird
George's World - by George Jacobs
Life Master Milestones
New Life Masters
Puzzle Page
In Memoriam
Obituary - Sue Erwin (1943-2020)
Obituary - Clint Wright (1944-2020)
Obituary - Norma Sands (1938-2020)
Obituary - Carol Aitken (190-2020)
Obituary - Carol Linch (1935-2020)
Obituary - Barbara Hamman (1937-2020)
Obituary - Maria Teresa Lavazza (1937-2020)
Obituary - janet P. Breed (1935-2020)
Tournament Directory
September 2020 - 1
September 2020 - 2
September 2020 - 3
September 2020 - 4
September 2020 - 5
September 2020 - In First Seat - Paul Linxwiler
September 2020 - Inbox -Letters to the Editor
September 2020 - 8
September 2020 - A Message from the President
September 2020 - The Recruiter King
September 2020 - 11
September 2020 - The Rise and Fall of the Precision Team
September 2020 - 13
September 2020 - 14
September 2020 - 15
September 2020 - 16
September 2020 - 17
September 2020 - Eyes on the Street
September 2020 - 19
September 2020 - BBO Helpdesk
September 2020 - 21
September 2020 - NABC Robot Individual
September 2020 - Play the Cards You're Dealt
September 2020 - Endless Summer Results
September 2020 - 25
September 2020 - 26
September 2020 - 27
September 2020 - 28
September 2020 - Defensive Maneuvers – part 4
September 2020 - Ruling the Game
September 2020 - 31
September 2020 - The Bidding Box
September 2020 - 33
September 2020 - 34
September 2020 - 35
September 2020 - It's Your Call
September 2020 - 37
September 2020 - 38
September 2020 - 39
September 2020 - Card Play 101 - by Phillip Alder
September 2020 - Parrish the Thought - Adam Parrish
September 2020 - Reasoning with Robert - Robert Todd
September 2020 - Startup Bridge by Lynn Berg
September 2020 - Lessons Learned by Michael Berkowitz
September 2020 - Bidding Basics by Larry Cohen
September 2020 - 46
September 2020 - Ask Jerry - by Jerry Helms
September 2020 - Mike's Bridge Lesson - Mike Lawrence
September 2020 - Chalk Talk- Eddie Kantar
September 2020 - Boehm on Bridge
September 2020 - Better Bridge with Bergen-Marty Bergen
September 2020 - Challenge of the Month
September 2020 - West Hands -Bidding Box
September 2020 - Bidding Matters - by Karen Walker
September 2020 - Test Your Play
September 2020 - Mike's Advice - by Mike Lawrence
September 2020 - Solutions to Test Your Play
September 2020 - My Bridge and Yours - by Frank Stewart
September 2020 - Dear Billy - by Billy Miller
September 2020 - Bridge with the Abbot - by David Bird
September 2020 - George's World - by George Jacobs
September 2020 - Life Master Milestones
September 2020 - 63
September 2020 - New Life Masters
September 2020 - Puzzle Page
September 2020 - Obituary - Clint Wright (1944-2020)
September 2020 - Obituary - Barbara Hamman (1937-2020)
September 2020 - 68
September 2020 - Obituary - janet P. Breed (1935-2020)
September 2020 - 70
September 2020 - Tournament Directory
September 2020 - 72
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