Baltimore Sun

Bridge Play

- Frank Ste­wart Tribune Media Services

You’re serv­ing on a grand jury, in­ves­ti­gat­ing the re­sult of to­day’s deal. De­cide whether to is­sue any true bills.

North-South got to six hearts. North’s jump to four hearts said his hand wasn’t to­tally hope­less. When West led the king of di­a­monds, South won, took the A-Q of trumps and tried the A-K and a third club, ruff­ing in dummy. When East dis­carded, South ruffed a di­a­mond and drew trumps, but he had to lose a club and a spade.

What say you?


South can make the slam.

He starts the clubs at Trick

Two but dis­cards a spade from dummy on the third club in­stead of ruff­ing. Say West shifts to a trump. South wins, ruffs a club high, takes the ace of spades and ruffs his last spade low. He can win the rest.

I might in­dict South for miss­ing that good line of play, but West’s open­ing lead was crim­i­nal. North’s bid­ding showed a weak hand with heart sup­port, maybe with club short­ness, and West had club tricks to pro­tect. If West leads a trump, the slam is un­make­able.

You hold: J952 53

♦ KQJ Q 10 9 5. Your part­ner opens one di­a­mond, the next player bids one heart and you dou­ble (neg­a­tive). Your part­ner bids two spades. What do you say?

In this auc­tion, part­ner’s call is not a strong “jump­shift.” He is “rais­ing” the suit your dou­ble showed and may have a hand such as K Q 6 3, J 6 4, A 10 9 6,

K 4. Pass. If he bid one spade, he would hold a hand such as K Q 6, 10 6 4, A 10 9 6, K J 3.

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