THE SECOND RIDES TO THE RESCUE
Bruno Mars, a singer, songwriter and producer, said, “I don’t like two stories.” What was he talking about?
A word with ambiguous meaning stays ambiguous until more information is given. I assumed he was discussing someone who had been painted into a corner changing his story, but no. He continued, “I like one story. I never grew up with stairs. I like to stick to what I know.”
Well, this is the second story of yesterday’s deal. South is in seven spades. What should he do after West leads a trump?
North used a transfer, showed his second suit, learned that partner had three- or four-card spade support, used two doses of Blackwood, and leapt into the grand slam.
South wins the trump lead, draws two more rounds of spades, and plays off dummy’s two top diamonds to learn about the 4-1 split. How should he continue?
It looks like he needs the heart finesse to work, but there is another possibility. Declarer should cash his club winners, discarding a heart and a diamond from the dummy, play a heart to the ace, and take the last two trumps, pitching his remaining diamonds.
Everyone is down to two cards. Dummy has a heart and a diamond, and South the heart king-jack. East must keep a high diamond, so can retain only one heart. Then, when declarer leads dummy’s heart, if East plays the queen, South claims. If East plays low, South puts up his king and hopes to drop West’s queen. It is called a show-up squeeze.