2 pos­si­ble games, each with play

The Hamilton Spectator - - LIVING - BY PHILLIP ALDER

Jay Leno said, “The rea­son there are two sen­a­tors for each state is so that one can be the des­ig­nated driver.”

To­day’s deal fea­tures two pos­si­ble con­tracts, each of which might be cho­sen by South: three no-trump and five clubs. To­day, we will look at three no-trump. How should the play pro­ceed af­ter West leads a low di­a­mond?

Af­ter West opened one heart, North might have jumped to four clubs to show his sev­en­card suit, but that would have taken his side past three notrump, which might have been the only game. When he set­tled for three clubs, South took a shot at three no-trump, but was ner­vous that five clubs would prove prefer­able.

South seemed pre­pared for a heart lead, so West tried a sneak di­a­mond at­tack. This would work well against some­one who does not plan his cam­paign at trick one.

Ob­vi­ously, South must es­tab­lish and run dummy’s club suit. But he has to an­tic­i­pate that the de­fender with the ace will win the sec­ond round of the suit. Then de­clarer will need a dummy en­try to cash the five club win­ners nestling there. What is that en­try?

Ob­vi­ously, in di­a­monds; and to leave West with no de­fense, South must take the first trick with his di­a­mond king.

(In Au­gust, Phillip is run­ning the bridge on a Ka­los golf-and­bridge 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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