Bridge Play

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS - Frank Ste­wart —Tri­bune Me­dia Ser­vices

My “Sim­ple Satur­day” col­umns treat ba­sic tech­nique and log­i­cal think­ing.

In a com­puter-era car­toon, Ali Baba has tried “open se­same,” “OPEN SE­SAME” and “Open $e$ame,” but a voice within the thieves’ den keeps telling him his pass­word is in­cor­rect.

Gain­ing en­try to dummy can be a prob­lem for de­clarer. At to­day’s 3NT, East wins the first heart with the king and re­turns a heart, and South wins and counts eight top tricks. He has chances for one more. His fourth club will be a win­ner if clubs break 3-3, but that is not likely.


South should try for a third di­a­mond trick. He can han­dle a 4-1 break in that suit but must be care­ful to pre­serve a dummy en­try.

At Trick Three, dummy leads a low di­a­mond. East wins and leads an­other heart, and South wins and ducks a di­a­mond. Then West can cash the 13th heart, but South wins the next trick and leads his last di­a­mond to take the A-Kand the fifth di­a­mond. If he fails to pre­serve a link with dummy, he falls short of his goal.


You hold: ♠ J7 ♥ AJ6 ♦ AK532 ♣ 6 4 3. You open one di­a­mond, and your part­ner re­sponds one spade. The op­po­nents pass. What do you say?

AN­SWER: Don’t re­peat the di­a­monds. To re­bid a five-card suit is per­mis­si­ble but not de­sir­able, es­pe­cially here. Bid 1NT to show a bal­anced, min­i­mum open­ing bid. If part­ner had re­sponded one heart, your best sec­ond bid would be a raise to two hearts even though you would pre­fer to have four-card sup­port.

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