Watch your en­tries and their cards

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

Lau­rence Olivier, a four-time Oscar-win­ning English ac­tor, said, “I take a sim­ple view of life: Keep your eyes open and get on with it.”

Good bridge play­ers keep their eyes open and get on with it. For ex­am­ple, look only at the South hand. West opens one di­a­mond, North over­calls three spades and East passes. What should South do now?

North’s bid shows a re­spectable seven-card suit and some 6-10 high-card points. South’s choices are pass, three notrump, four clubs (as­sum­ing it is forc­ing), four spades and five clubs.

Pass is far too cau­tious. Three no-trump looks like a sen­si­ble shot to me. Four clubs does not serve much pur­pose, un­less South would pass a four-spade re­bid. Four spades could work, but part­ner will ask where your trumps have gone! And if five clubs makes, surely three no-trump will as well.

What should South do in three no-trump af­ter West leads the di­a­mond queen?

If the clubs are 2-2 or 3-1, three no-trump is easy. If West has all four clubs, South is in trou­ble. But if East holds them all, de­clarer is safe as long as he takes the first trick with his di­a­mond ace. He cashes the club ace and sees the bad break. Then he plays a di­a­mond to the king, takes a club fi­nesse and runs for home.

Note that four spades can go down three, and five clubs is not much bet­ter.

(In Au­gust, Phillip is run­ning the bridge on a Ka­los golf-and-bridge cruise down the Danube from Nurem­burg to Bu­dapest with an op­tional three-day ex­ten­sion to Prague. Full de­tails at kalos­golf.com.)

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