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North opened 1. He cashes the A and switches to a small club. How should West play to make 4?
In bridge bidding, a Snapdragon double is a competitive double after the first three players bid three different suits. A Snapdragon double by the fourth player is artificial and forcing. It advertises length in the lone unbid suit (5+ cards), at least 8 points, and tolerance for partner's suit. "Tolerance" ranges from doubleton to tripleton support depending on partnership agreement.
On this deal, East did not want to go quietly and in typical duplicate fashion, pushed the opponents to the five-level. West cashed the Ace-King of clubs and without paying much attention to East's carding, made the obvious logical switch to a spade, for a one-trick set. Could or should West defend better?
Auctions are often spirited affairs where both sides overvalue their assets.
North/South Vulnerable, West Dealer.
The first round of bidding was normal. When West decided to bid 3 he had dug a three-foot deep trench that would spell his demise. He knew he had the best hand at the table and refused to be shut out. On the bidding, East could hardly hold very much in terms of high card points.