Magazine article The Spectator

A Bold Bluff

Magazine article The Spectator

A Bold Bluff

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THE COLUMN (August 17) in which East held all 13 spades (on a goulash deal) generated considerable interest. After East had chosen to open 7(spade), south had the wit to overcall 7NT and made it on normally insufficient values when East's hand had become frozen from the play. I commented that East would have done better to have opened 4(spade) in an attempt to declare. But 4(spade), as readers commented, may easily end the bidding -- three levels too low. Perhaps it is better to open 1(spade) or even to pass. However, opening 7(spade) is not such a blunt sword if you are a poker player. . .

East's 7(spade) opener was a brilliant bluffby advertising all 13 spades, South fell for the temptation to overcall 7NT. (West would not have a spade to lead and the contract may easily make if dummy tables couple of useful honours). …

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