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Bridge 8/15
When should the bidding stop?
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    The auction in this deal resembled musical chairs: Everyone kept bidding until the music stopped, when South was in five hearts undoubled. This contract went down one, losing two spades and one diamond. Analyze the whole auction and decide what would you have done differently.
    When you hold ace-king-ace, open the bidding unless you have a balanced hand and will be naming a weak suit -- hence East's initial pass. After South opened one heart, I am tempted to say that West's one-spade overcall was in the modern style, but it was still very rich, especially when vulnerable. North might have cue-bid two spades to announce at least game-invitational values with heart support, but understandably hoped to describe her hand fully: long diamonds, three-card heart support, and a game-force.
    In the second movement (round), East cue-bid two hearts to describe a maximum pass with spade support. South overbid badly with three hearts; she should have passed. And North raised cautiously to four hearts.
    Now East broke discipline by bidding four spades. He had good defense and had revealed his hand. It was West's job to sacrifice in four spades. But East's bid worked when North took the push to five hearts. North, holding a doubleton spade, should have anticipated losing two tricks in that suit and one in the wash. He should have doubled four spades, which would have gone down two if North had led a red card.
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