DAILY BRIDGE CLUB
Cy the Cynic says three things always tell the truth: small children, people who have had one drink too many, and bicycle shorts. But defenders need not tell declarer how things stand.
In a team match, both Wests led the four of hearts against 3NT, and East took the ace and returned the three. At one table, West won and led the deuce, his lowest heart, indicating an entry in the low-ranking suit.
South won and was sure he would go down if he forced out the ace of clubs next. He led a diamond to his jack, took the king, led a spade to dummy and cashed the ace of diamonds. The lucky 3-3 split gave him nine tricks: five diamonds, three spades and one heart.
At the other table, West wasn’t so willing to tell South how to play. On the second heart, West followed with the seven, as if he’d led from a four-card suit and was keeping a link with his partner.
Then South thought it safe to force out the ace of clubs for nine tricks. He soon saw the truth of the matter.
You hold: ♠ KQ10 ♥ J105 ♦ KJ ♣ K J 10 6 4. South in today’s deal opened one club with this hand. Do you agree with that action?
Answer: To open one club with 14 points looks routine, but I could make a case for upgrading to a 1NT opening, assuming that bid showed 15 to 17 points. The five-card suit and three 10s add value, especially for play at notrump. Still, the lack of aces would discourage. I expect I would open one club as South did. South dealer