5. A pre-empt too far

South Deals
NS Vul

K 5

Q 8 4 3 2

A Q J 10 5

2

J 3

J 10 5

3

A K 9 8 7 6 5 

A 8 7 2

A K 9 7

K

Q J 10 3

 

Q 10 9 6 4

6

9 8 7 6 4 2

4


This was a spectacular example of aggression back-firing. The usual results at a recent Swiss Pairs event were either 5♣ by EW or 5 by NS doubled but only down one. Only one EW reached 6♣, when an adventurous South decided to open with a Weak 2! West bid 3♣ and North jumped straight to 5, leaving East little option but to bid 6♣.


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