To the bidders go the spoils
Canada's Open team got off to a slow (!) start in the
Bermuda Bowl, but has shown a lot of grit to fight back into
the mix. Arno Hobart-George Mittelman ˆ both with
WBF medals in their trophy cases ˆ started a new partnership
and came to Portugal with high expectations. Their system,
based on Canape with Polish overtones, has produced some solid
results, but system will only take you so far at this level.
Look at this competitive auction:
Hobart faced the first problem, holding
S KQJ43 H A743 D --- C 10832
Red against white, he saw RHO open 1D. Some might consider
double, but Arno bid 1S. LHO made a negative double,
partner bid 4S, and RHO pushed on to 5D. What now?
The meek pass ˆ who wants to save red against white?
But the brave? Hobart bid 5S. Not a call everyone would
make, but one that can pay big dividends. Partner is vul,
so has great shape (we hope) and this may produce, on its best
day, a double game swing.
Let's now look at Mittelman's hand:
S A109862 H 8 D KJ97 C KQ
He had taken the low road with a heavy 4S, but when partner
pressed on to 5S he visualized the hand. Partner clearly
has five or six spades to the king, and must (should!) have
a side ace. Surely he also has a diamond void, so 6S must be
cold, and George bid it.
Moral: if you want to win, bid - bid the cold 22-point slams!
The two hands: