IMPROVE YOUR PLAY

With Larry Matheny

 

The Lightner Double convention has been around for decades.  It is used against slams to ask for either an unusual lead (which you will ruff) or dummy’s first bid suit.  Here it is in action.

 

Scoring:  Matchpoints (Pairs)

#13-20

Dlr

W

Vul

E/W

S

109

H

QJ872

D

Q1075

C

A10

S

 Q653

H

 105

D

 9862

C

 QJ2

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S

 AJ842

H

 43

D

 

C

 987643

 

S

K7

H

AK96

D

AKJ43

C 

K5

West

 North

East

South

  Pass  

Pass

Pass

 2C

 Pass

2D

Pass

 2NT

   Pass

    3D

   Pass

    4H

   Pass

    6H

   DBL

   Pass

   Pass

   Pass

 

   

    

   

  

  

 

 

 

 

   

    

   

 

Bidding:  North’s 2D response was game forcing showing values but no strong suit.  South showed a balanced hand with 22-23 points and North transferred to hearts.  South jumped to show a great fit and North bid the slam.  East then made a Lightner Double asking for his partner to either lead dummy’s first bid suit or a long suit that he was likely to ruff. 

 

Play:  West thought a long time before selecting the deuce of diamonds.  He finally decided if N/S held nine spades they probably would have bid them.  East ruffed the diamond and cashed the ace of spades to defeat the contract. 

 

Reflecting on the auction, South had an opportunity to convert to the ice-cold 6NT but failed to do so.

 

 

 

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