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Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - YOUR DAILY BREAK - by Phillip Alder

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.

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