Cy the Cynic says it’s only human to make mistakes, but some of us are more human than others.
In today’s deal, East took the queen of hearts and led a trump. South won, led a club to the ace and returned the king of hearts: ace, ruff. The ten would furnish a diamond discard.
No fatal errors yet, but South next led the king and a third club. East won and led a fourth club to let West score his queen of trumps, and East also got a trump trick. Down one. HIGH TRUMP
South couldn’t succeed by taking the A-K of trumps, then losing a club. East could cash his high trump and a second club. Instead, South can concede a club at Trick Three.
South wins East’s trump return, leads a club to the ace and ruffs out East’s ace of hearts. South then leads a club to the king. Whatever East does, South can pitch a diamond on the ten of hearts and ruff his fourth club in dummy.
(South has another route to 10 tricks: He can arrange to ruff two diamonds in his hand as well as a heart.) DAILY QUESTION You hold: ♠ AK876 ♥J ♦ A 6 4 ♣ 6 5 3 2. Your partner opens one heart, you bid one spade, he rebids two hearts and you try 2NT. Partner then rebids three hearts. What do you say? ANSWER: In theory you should pass; you tried for game and partner signed off. But most players would have forced to game with your hand, and your top honors will be most useful. Your singleton jack is good support for a suit partner bid three times. Raise to four hearts. North dealer N-S vulnerable