It is so en­joy­able when they tell you

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

Mi­haly Csik­szent­mi­ha­lyi, a Hun­gar­ian psy­chol­o­gist, wrote, “It does not seem to be true that work nec­es­sar­ily needs to be un­pleas­ant. It may al­ways have to be hard, or at least harder than do­ing noth­ing at all. But there is am­ple ev­i­dence that work can be en­joy­able, and that in­deed, it is of­ten the most en­joy­able part of life.”

Bridge deals can be hard, but some­times an op­po­nent’s bid­ding tells you where all of the key miss­ing cards are ly­ing, mak­ing the play a pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence — as in this deal. How did South make four spades af­ter West had opened one no-trump, show­ing 15-17 points, and led the heart ace?

East cor­rectly ran from one no-trump with a two-di­a­mond trans­fer, which promised five or more hearts and at least zero points!

Dummy had two points and de­clarer 23. That left 15 for the op­po­nents; West clearly had them all. So, un­less the di­a­monds were 3-3, South was in dan­ger of los­ing two di­a­monds and two clubs. He needed to end­play West.

De­clarer ruffed the heart ace and drew trumps; West dis­carded his low heart. Then South cashed his two top di­a­monds, but no honor ap­peared. Clearly West had be­gun with queen-jack-fourth.

Un­daunted, de­clarer led an­other di­a­mond. West took that trick and cashed his other di­a­mond win­ner. East had dis­carded the club four to deny in­ter­est in that suit, so West led his heart king.

How­ever, de­clarer, rather than ruff, pitched his low club. Now West had to play a club away from his king or lead an­other heart to dummy’s queen. Ei­ther way, South was home. Nicely — and en­joy­ably — played.

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