Sig­nals, dis­cards, ruffs, win­ners

The Hamilton Spectator - - LIVING - BY PHILLIP ALDER Look for the Satur­day Bridge and Chess and lo­cal Bridge re­sults in the new Satur­day Fun & Games sec­tion

J.M. Bar­rie wrote, “I am not young enough to know every­thing.” I can re­late to that. Some 10 years af­ter mov­ing from high school teach­ing into bridge full time, I bumped into a for­mer pupil. Af­ter in­form­ing me that he was the sous chef at a fa­mous restau­rant, he said, “You know, sir, I now re­al­ize that you aren’t as stupid as I thought when you were teach­ing me.”

A bridge player never knows every­thing. But to de­fend well, it helps to have the full arse­nal un­der con­trol: leads, sig­nals, dis­cards, and count­ing of win­ners, losers and high-card points.

In this deal, how can the de­fend­ers de­feat two spades?

West, since his op­po­nents had stopped in an eight-card fit at the two-level, might have made a sec­ond take­out dou­ble. This would have risked end­ing in three hearts in a 4-3 fit, but here it would have worked well be­cause three di­a­monds was mak­able.

West leads the club ace. East drops the seven, start­ing a high­low with a dou­ble­ton. West cashes his club king and con­tin­ues with the club queen. What should East dis­card?

East is mak­ing an at­ti­tude sig­nal, and it is prefer­able to throw an en­cour­ag­ing card. Here, East sig­nals with the heart seven.

West, who knows this is high, shifts to his heart three (low from an honor). East wins with his ace and re­turns the heart two. Even if South clev­erly plays his queen smoothly, West should win and lead his last heart, which East ruffs to de­feat the con­tract.

Now for the tough ques­tion: How does West know East is out of hearts? Be­cause if he had be­gun with A-7-5-2, he would have led back the five at trick five, the higher of his re­main­ing cards.

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