The same play from the other side

The Hamilton Spectator - - LIVING - BY PHILLIP ALDER

Tom Mc­Makin, one-time CEO of Great Har­vest Bread Co., said, “Equal par­tic­i­pants do­ing sim­i­lar things will gen­er­ate lots of new ideas.” Or, some­times equal par­tic­i­pants do­ing sim­i­lar things will copy an ear­lier idea.

Yes, this is yes­ter­day’s deal ro­tated by 90 de­grees. This time, East dou­bles five spades in­stead of bid­ding six hearts. How should the de­fense go af­ter West leads a heart?

South might have bid four spades im­me­di­ately over one heart. When he bid one spade, though, West rea­son­ably pre-empted with four hearts. Nor­mally, this would have in­cluded at least five-card sup­port, but you may have only four when hold­ing a void. North rightly ad­vanced with four spades. Then, when East bid five hearts, South, not sure who could make what, opted for five spades. Fi­nally, East, with soft val­ues out­side hearts, dou­bled.

West led his high­est heart to deny an honor in the suit. East won with his king and had an easy shift to the club queen. South ducked that, hop­ing it was a sin­gle­ton, but East con­tin­ued with his sec­ond club. West took that trick and led a third club to per­mit his part­ner to over­ruff the dummy for down two. Plus 500 was an 80 per­cent score.

How is this sim­i­lar to any­thing? Be­cause yes­ter­day we looked at the best de­fense against hearts, which in­volved North’s win­ning the first two tricks with his di­a­mond hon­ors, then lead­ing a third di­a­mond to pro­mote his part­ner’s trump queen as a trick.

One play is an over­ruff and one a pro­mo­tion, but both re­sult in an “un­ex­pected” trump trick for the de­fend­ers.

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

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