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Balanced hands have eternal losers

China Daily | Updated: 2017-09-30 07:54

Fran Lebowitz said, "Food is an important part of a balanced diet."

As mentioned yesterday, it usually pays to be circumspect when you are thinking about a slam with a balanced hand. Your losers tend to hang around. With two balanced hands, go with the combined point-count guidelines: 33 for a small slam and 37 for grand (if the three missing points are not a king). With an unbalanced hand opposite a balanced collection, it can be difficult to judge unless the unbalanced hand holder can count winners.

This deal was played 15 times at Bridge Base Online. Nine of the North-South pairs reached seven diamonds. In this auction, which was popular, North's four-club response was a splinter bid, showing a big diamond fit, game-going values or better and at most one club. South immediately launched Roman Key Card Blackwood, taking the reasonable gamble that North had a spade control. When North showed the three missing aces, South invited seven. After North denied a side-suit king, South should have passed, but went on to seven diamonds.

Balanced hands have eternal losers

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