Friday, April 10, 2009

He who hesitates

Well, I woke up thinking of bridge. It's been so long since that happened.
I've been thinking about Walsh. I like Walsh, but I'm not sure why exactly.  Maybe it's because Luis Argerich indicated that he plays it. Maybe it's because it makes me feel like I know a code - it makes me feel smart.
Some of the people I know gasp in horror at the mention of the W word. And then there is the debate about Walsh Style vs Walsh.

Yesterday I had a hand that I wanted to bid. I liked it. I like to bid. Now all sorts of experts are telling me that sometimes pass is the right bid. Clearly, that is just a conspiracy. They just want me to shut up and stay out of their auctions. Clearly. Right? But I'm on to them. And I like to bid.

Here is the lesson I learned, if you have a hand that you really feel the need to chime in with, and you wonder if your partner's head might explode when you do, it's probably better to do it at the lowest level you can rather than waiting and coming in at the 5 level.
Yesterday's hand:
You are south and east opens 2S. His p bids 4s. 5clubs = not right.
In the cold light of morning, I think passing looks more attractive. But I am not officially embracing the P bid.


Blogger Richard09 said...

You have the right shape for a takeout double of the original pre-empt. It's a bit thin in terms of high cards, so probably pass is the way to go, but if you are going to speak, that's the only choice. And if you pass the first time, you certainly pass the second time. Any action over four spades is going to get doubled and go for a telephone number.

11:32 PM  
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