How can you get part­ner on lead?

The Hamilton Spectator - - FUN & GAMES - by Phillip Alder

Ann Richards, who was the 45th Gover­nor of Texas from 1991 to 1995, said, “I have very strong feel­ings about how you lead your life. You al­ways look ahead; you never look back.”

That is true for bridge play­ers. I re­mem­ber when my part­ner missed what I thought was an easy de­fense. I was so hung up on that er­ror that I failed to de­feat the con­tract when I had a chance.

In to­day’s deal, West must re­sist the ob­vi­ous play and look fur­ther into the fu­ture. He is de­fend­ing against three spades. He leads the di­a­mond ace: five, two, eight. How should he con­tinue?

North used a cue-bid raise to show spade sup­port and at least game-in­vi­ta­tional val­ues. South, with a bare min­i­mum open­ing bid, signed off in three spades. West was tempted to bid four di­a­monds, but North would prob­a­bly have dou­bled that and col­lected ... how much?

When East plays the di­a­mond two, it is ei­ther a sin­gle­ton or from three. How­ever, if South had a sin­gle­ton di­a­mond, he prob­a­bly would have jumped to four spades. West should con­tinue with the di­a­mond king, un­der which East dis­cards the heart three.

Now it looks so ob­vi­ous to cash the di­a­mond queen, but that is fa­tal. West should re­al­ize that his side needs two heart tricks, and that East must lead the suit. So, at trick three, West should play the di­a­mond seven, forc­ing his part­ner to ruff. Then it should not be hard for East to shift to the heart jack.

Note that four di­a­monds dou­bled costs 500. The de­fend­ers can take one spade, one heart and three clubs be­cause West can­not get to his dummy to take the heart fi­nesse.

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