Dis­cuss de­fense with part­ner

The Hamilton Spectator - - LIVING - BY PHILLIP ALDER

Zeno, a Greek philoso­pher who is best known for his para­doxes, said, “The goal of life is liv­ing in agree­ment with na­ture.”

The goal of a suc­cess­ful bridge part­ner­ship is to have agree­ments that both play­ers re­mem­ber and em­ploy cor­rectly. As I men­tioned yes­ter­day, it is great to have a well-oiled bid­ding sys­tem, but it will also pay div­i­dends to dis­cuss de­fense in depth. For the rest of this week, let’s look at some use­ful agree­ments to have.

In this deal, how should the de­fend­ers card to de­feat four spades af­ter West leads the spade king?

North has a mid­dling gamein­vi­ta­tional limit raise. Five trumps and a de­cent four-card side suit are good; the two queen-dou­ble­tons are not so hot.

When a de­fender dis­cards from a suit not yet led by ei­ther side, it is an at­ti­tude sig­nal. As­sum­ing you use stan­dard sig­nals (not up­side-down), your low­est card in a suit says that you think your side would do bet­ter to lead a dif­fer­ent suit. Al­ter­na­tively, if you pitch an un­nec­es­sar­ily high card, you are ask­ing part­ner to shift to that suit — un­less he knows bet­ter.

In ad­di­tion, if you can af­ford to sig­nal with an honor-card, do so; even an un­ob­ser­vant part­ner will no­tice that.

Here, East could sig­nal with his heart jack, but much bet­ter and more fun is to place the heart ace — yes, the ace! — onto the ta­ble. If you can af­ford to, when you can­not win the trick, play the top of touch­ing hon­ors.

West will mo­men­tar­ily think that East has lost his mind, but then West will lead the heart eight and de­feat the con­tract.

Look for the Satur­day Bridge and Chess and lo­cal Bridge re­sults in the new Satur­day Fun & Games sec­tion

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