Try to profit from part­ner’s pre­spec­tive

Cecil Whig - - COMICS & PUZZLES - By Phillip Alder

John Con­sta­ble, an English land­scape artist who died in 1837, said, “I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an ob­ject be what it may -- light, shade and per­spec­tive will al­ways make it beau­ti­ful.”

In to­day’s deal, per­spec­tive is rel­e­vant. How should South plan the play in four spades after West leads the heart king? In the auc­tion, North used a trans­fer bid, then of­fered his part­ner a choice of games by re­bid­ding three no-trump. South, with his three-card spade sup­port and lack of a club stop­per, re­treated to four spades.

In a suit con­tract, de­clarer typ­i­cally counts losers by look­ing at his hand and tak­ing dummy’s high cards into account. Here, though, with dummy hav­ing the long trumps, South must study the deal from his part­ner’s per­spec­tive. Look­ing at the North hand and not­ing South’s hon­ors, de­clarer should see four po­ten­tial losers: one heart and three clubs. Next, count­ing win­ners, South has nine: five spades, one heart and three di­a­monds.

Per­haps di­a­monds are 3-3, but that is against the odds. In­stead, de­clarer should trump dummy’s third club in his hand, the ruff in the shorter trump hand both gain­ing an ex­tra spade trick and elim­i­nat­ing a loser.

South takes the heart king with his ace and loses a club. The de­fend­ers win, cash the heart queen, and shift to a trump. De­clarer con­cedes a sec­ond club, takes the next trump in the dummy, ruffs the last club, plays a di­a­mond to the queen, draws the last trump, and claims.

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