It’s hard to re­sist the temp­ta­tion

Cecil Whig - - COMICS & PUZZLES - By Phillip Alder

Franklin P. Jones, whose “Put it this Way” col­umn was the long­est con­tin­u­ously pub­lished fea­ture in the “Satur­day Evening Post,” said, “Noth­ing makes it eas­ier to re­sist temp­ta­tion than a proper bringin­gup, a sound set of val­ues -- and wit­nesses.”

A bridge player al­ways has wit­nesses -- his part­ner and the op­po­nents. So, if he can­not re­sist temp­ta­tion when he should, it will not go un­no­ticed. In to­day’s deal, which temp­ta­tion should South re­sist? West leads the di­a­mond king against four hearts. What should hap­pen? Af­ter South opened one heart, and West made a full-blooded four-di­a­mond pre-emp­tive over­call, North was wor­ried that his side was be­ing talked out of a slam. But he re­mem­bered that when fixed, stay fixed. De­clarer seemed to have 10 easy tricks: two spades, six hearts, one di­a­mond and one club. In ad­di­tion, there were chances for ex­tra win­ners in the black suits. How­ever, South could not re­sist the temp­ta­tion to try to win the first trick. But when East ruffed the di­a­mond ace and shifted to the club jack, de­clarer could not re­cover. He tried the club fi­nesse, but West won, cashed the di­a­mond queen, and con­tin­ued with the di­a­mond jack. A mo­ment later, when the spade fi­nesse lost, South was down one.

Since West’s over­call had an­nounced an eight-card suit, de­clarer should have played low from the board at trick one ... and at trick two. East can ruff away the di­a­mond ace at trick three, but South over­ruffs, draws trumps, and runs the spade jack to take three spades, six hearts and one club.

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