DAILY BRIDGE CLUB
Experienced declarers know the benefits of running a long suit and forcing the defenders to discard. Even if the defenders aren’t legitimately squeezed, they may have unpleasant guesses.
The effect of running a long suit can be unexpected, something of which I have become more aware in my years of writing up deals. In today’s deal, South’s four hearts looks hopeless: He has two clubs and two diamonds to lose.
But West leads a trump ( not best, as it happens), and South, with little choice, peels off six rounds of trumps, pitching two clubs and two diamonds from dummy.
West can comfortably throw clubs. East can also throw three clubs, but the last trump skewers him.
If East discards the ace of clubs, South can win a club trick. If East throws a diamond, South gets a second diamond trick. If East throws a spade, South can take the K- A of spades and concede a spade. The defense can take only one club, and dummy’s fourth spade is good for South’s 10th trick. DAILY QUESTION You hold: one diamond, your partner responds one heart, you bid one spade and he rebids two hearts. What do you say?
ANSWER: Partner suggests a six- card suit with at most 10 high- card points. Your aces, good heart support and possible ruffing value in clubs make the hand worth a try for game. Raise to three hearts. Incidentally, it pains me to say that some players would have opened 1NT with your hand. South dealer N- S vulnerable