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two-over-one

By Phillip Alder
Two-over-one books continue
to appear. Another published
this year is “Playing 2/1 —
the Rest of the Story” by Paul
Thurston. This is a sequel to
“25 Steps to Learning 2/1,”
which came out in 2002 (both
Master Point Press). The new
book covers some fresh ground
and expands on other parts.
Note that Thurston does not
like transfer bids, arguing in
favor of two-way Stayman (where
both two clubs and two diamonds are Stayman, and two diamonds
guarantees at least game-forcing values). He gives three deals
from tournaments to support his argument, today’s layout from the
2013 Canadian National Teams Championship being one of them.
What should West lead against two spades?
At the other table, South responded two hearts, a transfer.
North’s two-spade rebid was passed out. East understandably
chose the heart 10 as his opening lead. Thurston says that this
defeats the contract, and that declarer went down two. Well, that
is not right if declarer guesses about the bad trump break when
West takes the second trick with his spade ace, and the defenders
continue hearts to make South ruff. But why should he?
At Thurston’s table, West led the diamond jack: queen, king,
two. East returned a diamond, and declarer just drove out the
spade ace to get home.
When you have four trumps, it is usually better to try to make
the long-trump hand ruff, not aim for a ruff yourself. West should
have led the heart two.
Why are there so many two-over-one books? Because it is the
system of choice these days and is harder to use than Standard
American.
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