BRIDGE

The Star Early Edition - - TONIGHT COMICS - Tan­nah Hirsch

WHERE’S TOMMY? Nei­ther vul­ner­a­ble. South deals. Open­ing lead: Ace of Clubs

North’s leap to slam was, per­haps, too bold. All would be well if South could bring it home. West con­tin­ued with the king of clubs at trick two. This ex­cel­lent play pre­vented any pos­si­ble trump fi­nesse against his part­ner. South ruffed in dummy and cashed the ace of spades, get­ting the bad news there. He tried re­duc­ing his trump length to the same as East’s by cash­ing the ace of hearts and ruff­ing a heart. He crossed with a di­a­mond to the jack and ruffed a sec­ond heart, fol­lowed by a di­a­mond to the queen for another heart ruff. De­clarer led his king of di­a­monds, over­tak­ing with the ace. Had East fol­lowed, he would have been the vic­tim of a clas­sic trump coup – the lead in dummy with only trumps left and South sit­ting over him to cap­ture his trumps. Alas, East ruffed the third di­a­mond and the slam was de­feated. North, the per­fect gen­tle­man, said: “Nice try, part­ner,”, but he knew South had erred. Can you spot the mis­take? South should have cashed the ace of hearts and ruffed a heart be­fore play­ing the ace of trumps. The tim­ing would have been right to ruff two more hearts, es­tab­lish­ing dummy’s six of hearts. Now, a sec­ond di­a­mond to dummy would be fol­lowed by lead­ing the good heart. Should East ruff, South would over-ruff, draw trumps and cash the last di­a­mond. If, in­stead, East dis­cards, South sheds his last di­a­mond and a mag­i­cal three-card end­ing is reached.

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