You have to do what you have to do

The Hamilton Spectator - - LIVING - BY PHILLIP ALDER

Fran­cis Quar­les, an English poet who died in 1644, said, “Ne­ces­sity of ac­tion takes away the fear of the act, and makes bold res­o­lu­tion the fa­vorite of for­tune.”

That ap­plies to South in to­day’s di­a­gram. Look only at his hand. Part­ner opens one spade, he re­sponds one no-trump (be­cause three hearts would not be a weak jump), and part­ner re­bids three clubs. What should South do now?

Once you have de­cided, then look also at the North hand and de­ter­mine how South should play in six hearts af­ter ruff­ing West’s di­a­mond-ace lead on the board.

At the ta­ble, South passed, de­spite North’s re­bid be­ing in prin­ci­ple game-forc­ing. He should have fear­lessly acted with three hearts, hop­ing that for­tune fa­vored the brave. Here, of course, North would have been off to the races. But if North were, say, 5=0=3=5, pre­sum­ably he would have con­tin­ued with three no-trump and maybe got­ten lucky.

Three clubs played very nicely af­ter a low-heart lead. De­clarer won with dummy’s queen and led the club 10. When West cov­ered, North played four rounds of the suit and claimed 12 tricks: two spades, six hearts and four clubs.

Six hearts is a tad more tricky — un­less you peek at the EastWest hands. Lead­ing dummy’s club jack at trick two ap­peals to me. Let’s as­sume West wins and plays an­other di­a­mond. De­clarer ruffs on the board, cashes the heart king, crosses to the club 10 (he hopes!), draws trumps and claims.

If West ducks his club queen, South can pull trumps and take two spades, six hearts, three clubs and the di­a­mond ruff.

Look for the Satur­day Bridge and Chess and lo­cal Bridge re­sults in the new Satur­day Fun & Games sec­tion

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