DAILY BRIDGE CLUB
“Millard read your column yesterday,” Rose told me in the club lounge, “about leading the jack from J-9-4-2. I think he took it to heart.”
Millard Pringle is a quiet little man who tends to lose his way in the maze of defensive rules.
“I was South,” Rose said, displaying today’s deal. “When East opened one diamond, I just overcalled one heart, but when North scraped up a bid, I went to game.”
“Millard was West,” Rose went on. “If he leads a low diamond, I’m safe. But Millard led the KING of diamonds.” Third spade: “East signaled with the three, and Millard shifted obediently — to the jack of spades: king, ace. East continued with the queen and a third spade, and Millard was sure to score his ten of trumps. Down one.”
I’m not sure what Millard was thinking when he led the king of diamonds — maybe he thought the rule is to lead fourth-lowest — but his lead was astute. He could hope to win the first trick and then make an effective shift through dummy. Daily question
You hold :♠ K 10652♥ J 4 ♦ 652 ♣ A 9 3. Your partner opens one heart, you respond one spade, he bids two clubs and you return to two hearts. Partner then bids two spades. What do you say?
Answer: With a minimum such as A J 3, AK 765,4, J 765, your partner would have used his second bid to support your spades. His actual sequence suggests extra strength and maintains game interest even though your two-heart preference showed weakness. You should bid four spades.
Both sides vulnerable