An­other bad break to cause trou­ble

Cecil Whig - - & & - By Phillip Alder

Em­me­line Pankhurst, who was the most well-known English suf­fragette, said, “We are here, not be­cause we are law-break­ers; we are here in our ef­forts to be­come law-mak­ers.” Yes­ter­day, we looked at the “law” for a de­fender who is long in trumps: Try to make de­clarer ruff; do not look for ruffs your­self. Does that also ap­ply in to­day’s deal, where South is in four hearts? In the auc­tion, South had no par­tic­u­lar rea­son to re­bid three clubs. If the op­po­nents did com­pete to four spades, he planned to dou­ble. His hand did not sug­gest it would be nec­es­sary to go to the fivelevel, es­pe­cially with that danger­ous dou­ble­ton spade, which surely meant two im­me­di­ate losers.

West was tempted to make a spec­u­la­tive dou­ble of four hearts, and if he had held the heart ace in­stead of the di­a­mond ace, it would have been rea­son­able.

West, whose part­ner surely has no en­try card, should lead off with his three top spades. What should South do next? If trumps are 3-2, South can ruff the third spade, draw trumps, drive out the di­a­mond ace, and claim 10 tricks via five hearts, one di­a­mond and four clubs. But what if hearts are 4-1? Then de­clarer must be care­ful. Af­ter ruff­ing at trick three, he should cash dummy’s two high trumps, the hon­ors from the shorter side first. When the 4-1 break comes to light, South must es­tab­lish his di­a­mond win­ner while there is still a trump on the board. West can take de­clarer’s di­a­mond king with his ace and lead an­other spade, but South ruffs in the dummy, plays a club to his hand, draws West’s re­main­ing trumps, and claims.

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