BRIDGE

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EN­TRY TIM­ING

I con­tinue a se­ries on man­ag­ing your en­tries. When you’re de­clarer at a grand slam, you fig­ure to have plenty of en­tries in both hands. But you must still use them in the proper or­der. Against to­day’s seven spades, West led a trump, mak­ing de­clarer’s en­try sit­u­a­tion a bit less flex­i­ble. South counted 13 tricks: four trumps in dummy, four hearts, two di­a­monds, two di­a­mond ruffs in his hand and the ace of clubs. So South took the A-K of di­a­monds and ruffed a di­a­mond with the ace of trumps. West, un­able to over­ruff, threw a heart.

LAST DI­A­MOND

South next led a low trump to dummy, and East dis­carded. South ruffed the last di­a­mond with the king of trumps, but West got rid of his last heart. When South next tried to get to dummy with a heart to draw trumps, West ruffed. South was un­for­tu­nate but also mist­imed slightly. Af­ter he ruffs the third di­a­mond, he must lead a heart to dummy. Then he can ruff the fourth di­a­mond high, lead his last trump to dummy to draw trumps and claim.

DAILY QUES­TION

You hold: ♠ AK42 ♥ Q62 ♦ J4 ♣ A 8 6 3. Both sides vul­ner­a­ble. The dealer, at your left, opens one club. Your part­ner over­calls one heart, and the next player passes. What do you say? AN­SWER: Your part­ner climbed in, vul­ner­a­ble, so you surely have a game and may have a slam. (He could hold a hand such as 5 3,A K 10 7 5,K Q 10 6 5, 2.) To start to look for the best con­tract, cue­bid two clubs, show­ing strength plus heart sup­port.

South dealer

Both sides vul­ner­a­ble

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