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La Dolce Vita
directed by Benito Fellini
starring Pietro Mastroianni as your partner


Dealer : North

Vulnerable: North-South

 North
   -
   -
   -
   -

BRIDGE MOVIE #13

West You
A 9
8 5 4
A 2
A K Q J 10 3
East Pietro
-
-
-
-

Facing Pietro, you are surprised to hear LHO open one
heart. And you are more surprised to hear partner overcall
four spades.

What is your call?

 

 South
   -
   -
   -
   -

South
--
pass
 
West
--
?
 
North
1

 

East
4

 


Dealer : North

Vulnerable: North-South

 North
   -
   -
   -
   -
West You
A 9
8 5 4
A 2
A K Q J 10 3
East Pietro
-
-
-
-

You bid 5, asking to partner to bid slam with a heart
control. If there had been no bidding by the opponents,
5 would ask for strong spades, but here 5
would be
used to show a heart control and ask for strong spades.

Over 5, Pietro maintains his calm demeanor and bids
6
. What is that? And what is your next call?

 

 South
   -
   -
   -
   -

South
--
pass
pass
West
--
5
?
North
1
pass
 

East
4
6
 


Dealer : North

Vulnerable: North-South

 North
   -
   -
   -
   -
West You
A 9
8 5 4
A 2
A K Q J 10 3
East Pietro
-
-
-
-

Partner's 6 sounds like a second suit with at least
second-round control of hearts. Does he have first-round
control of hearts? Probably, otherwise why did he not make
a simple 6 bid. Unless he has a hole in the spade suit
with KQJTx on the side in diamonds and is offering another
spot. In any case, you decide this is too obscure -- probably
Fellini's fault -- and since you have denied a heart control,
it's safe to cuebid 6
as a general try for seven.

Pietro accepts! But now South doubles. This looks bad. It
appears that North has made a psychic 1
opening and it
sounds like South has a trump trick. The following hand
appears before you in a haze (strange music in the
background):

K Q x x x x x
A
K Q J 10 x
--

If South has four spades to the J-10, seven spades is
doomed, but seven notrump is there for the taking. Should
you rescue to 7NT or let partner suffer in seven spades?

 

 South
   -
   -
   -
   -

South
--
pass
pass
double
West
--
5
6
?
North
1
pass
pass
 

East
4
6
7
 


Dealer : North

Vulnerable: North-South

 North
   --
   K Q J 7 3 2
   Q J 10
   8 6 5 4
West You
A 9
8 5 4
A 2
A K Q J 10 3
East Pietro
K Q 10 7 6 4 3
--
K 8 7 6 5 3
--

You bid 7NT. But alas, it is a mistake. North doubles and
the defenders take the first six heart tricks. Meanwhile, 7
doubled is cold, as long as partner takes a finesse of the
jack of spades. You wander off into the night as the strange
music follows you.

FINITO

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 South
   J 8 3 2
   A 10 9 6
   9 4
   9 7 2

South
--
pass
pass
double
West
--
5
6
7NT
North
1
pass
pass
double

East
4
6
7
all pass

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