New Canadian Bridge
TODAY'S CROSSWORD PUZZLE
South lost a club, the ace of diamonds and a trump trick with hearts breaking 3-1, N-S +420. The single raise promised a good eight to a poor ten HCP with three-card support and South reacted positively by leaping to the major suit game. Do you agree with South's decision to bid game? There would be no trump loser when partner displayed the queen or hearts divided 2-2 when the queen was missing. The advance to game gave no information to the opponents regarding South's distribution. South would still be in with a chance when partner held the spade king instead of the club king. In the absence of a club lead, South would be a favorite to bring home ten tricks. The remaining option would be to rebid three clubs as a help-suit game try. North would evaluate his hand in light of this call. He would advance to game with either club strength or shortness but sign off at the three-level otherwise. A singleton club or his actual holding of the ace and king would merit a jump to game. The drawback of the game try is that this action might enhance the likelihood of a club lead. South would have pinpointed the area of concern and he would certainly not welcome the opening lead of a club.