An un­fair game?

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“Base­ball is such an un­fair game,” Cy the Cynic said to me. “Line drives are caught, bloop fly balls fall in for hits. It’s just the same as life.”

“And as bridge, on a given deal,” I shrugged.

When I watched to­day’s deal in my club’s penny game, Cy was West and led the jack of hearts against 3NT. East sig­naled with the seven. South took his king, led a club to dummy and re­turned the queen of di­a­monds to fi­nesse. When East’s king ap­peared, South tabled his hand and claimed two over­tricks.

“No jus­tice,” Cy grum­bled.


South broke his bat and got a hit any­way. If West had held the king of di­a­monds, South would have gone down at a cold game. Since East is cer­tain to have five (or six) hearts for his vul­ner­a­ble over­call, South should let West’s jack win.

If West leads an­other heart — as good as any­thing — East takes the ace and queen, but dummy’s ten can win the next heart. Even if West has the king of di­a­monds, the de­fense will get only that one more trick.


You hold: ♠ A 4 ♥ 10 8 5 2 ♦ Q J 10 7 3 ♣ A K. The dealer, at your right, opens one spade. You dou­ble, and your part­ner bids two clubs. What do you say?

AN­SWER: Part­ner may have a weak hand and a flimsy suit, but if you bid again, you will prom­ise sub­stan­tial ex­tra strength that you lack. Pass. But some pairs play “equal-level con­ver­sion,” and a bid of two di­a­monds, which would not in­crease the level of the con­tract, would not show ex­tra values. North dealer Both sides vul­ner­a­ble

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