Bridge Grape­fruit’s new leaf

Khaleej Times - City Times - - ENTERTAINMENT -

I got to the club as a penny game broke up.

“At the start,” a kib­itzer told me, “Grape­fruit an­nounced that he had mel­lowed. He said, ‘I’m not go­ing to judge any of you, just point out your mis­takes.’”

Grape­fruit was to­day’s North. At four hearts South won the first spade, drew trumps and led a club to dummy’s king. He gave up a spade, ruffed the next spade and led an­other club. West won and led his last spade, and South ruffed but lost two di­a­monds. Down one.

“I won’t say you’re so slow you would take an hour to cook Minute Rice,” Grape­fruit sniffed at South, “but your play was dumb.” LAST SPADE South can duck the first spade, win the next spade, ruff a spade, draw trumps and lead a club. West must duck, so South wins in dummy and ruffs the last spade. When he leads a sec­ond club, West wins but can only cash the ace of di­a­monds.

“Af­ter Grape­fruit faulted his part­ner,” the kib­itzer said, “he wasn’t done. He in­formed West that he should have dou­bled four hearts!” DAILY QUES­TION You hold: ♠ KQ J 10 ♥ 4 ♦ AQ 7 4

♣ A8 7 4. You open one di­a­mond, your part­ner re­sponds one spade, you raise to three spades and he bids four hearts. What do you say? AN­SWER: Part­ner’s four hearts is an ace-show­ing cue bid to try for slam. If he can show slam in­ter­est when you have such solid trump sup­port and two side-suit aces, surely he will have a play for at least 12 tricks. You can cue-bid five clubs, but plan to bid no less than six spades. South dealer Both sides vul­ner­a­ble

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