Thursday,November 2, 2017GOREN BRIDGEWITH BOB JONESC2017 Tribune Content Agency, LLCNEGATIVE DOUBLENeither vulnerable, South dealsNORTH10 43he has four cards in that suit, butthere is no guarantee of an eight-cardfit. Responder has to takeresponsibility for his values, andwhen he has a solid nine-point handor better, the negative double mightK10210965be his only optionEAST9843852Q94J87WESTThat situation is illustrated intoday's deal. North might have"corrected" to five diamonds, but hestood his ground in four spadesNorth was hoping that his primecards in partner's suits would make5 2VAKJ7676Q43 2SOUTHQJ 107four spades a playable spotThe defense started with threerounds of hearts. South ruffed thethird round, cashed the ace and kingof clubs, followed by the ace andking of diamonds. He exited with adiamond to East's queen and won thespade shift in his hand with the 10Declarer had six tricks in the bank atthis point with two spades, twodiamonds, and two clubs. Southhclaimed the last four tricks on a highcross ruff and scored up his gameAJ853The biddinSOUTH WEST NORTH EASTDbl*PassAll pass4*Negative, values with no clear bidOpening lead: Ace of VOver time, a couple of readers havequestioned our description of anegative double as "values with noWell bid and well played!clear bid". Those readers would (Bob Jones welcomes readers'prefer a definition that included a responses sent in care of thispromise of four cards in the unbid newspaper or to Tribune Contentmajor. The negative doubler will Agency, LLC., 16650 Westgrove Drusually have length in the unbid suits, Suite 175, Addison, TX 75001and opener will bid the unbid major ifE-mail: tcaeditors@tribpub.com)

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Thursday, November 2, 2017 GOREN BRIDGE WITH BOB JONES C2017 Tribune Content Agency, LLC NEGATIVE DOUBLE Neither vulnerable, South deals NORTH 10 43 he has four cards in that suit, but there is no guarantee of an eight-card fit. Responder has to take responsibility for his values, and when he has a solid nine-point hand or better, the negative double might K102 10965 be his only option EAST 9843 852 Q94 J87 WEST That situation is illustrated in today's deal. North might have "corrected" to five diamonds, but he stood his ground in four spades North was hoping that his prime cards in partner's suits would make 5 2 VAKJ76 76 Q43 2 SOUTH QJ 107 four spades a playable spot The defense started with three rounds of hearts. South ruffed the third round, cashed the ace and king of clubs, followed by the ace and king of diamonds. He exited with a diamond to East's queen and won the spade shift in his hand with the 10 Declarer had six tricks in the bank at this point with two spades, two diamonds, and two clubs. Southh claimed the last four tricks on a high cross ruff and scored up his game AJ853 The biddin SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST Dbl* Pass All pass 4 *Negative, values with no clear bid Opening lead: Ace of V Over time, a couple of readers have questioned our description of a negative double as "values with no Well bid and well played! clear bid". Those readers would (Bob Jones welcomes readers' prefer a definition that included a responses sent in care of this promise of four cards in the unbid newspaper or to Tribune Content major. The negative doubler will Agency, LLC., 16650 Westgrove Dr usually have length in the unbid suits, Suite 175, Addison, TX 75001 and opener will bid the unbid major if E-mail: tcaeditors@tribpub.com)

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