Bridge

HAN­DLE ONE SUIT TO HELP IN AN­OTHER

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

Kin Hub­bard, the cre­ator of the car­toon Abe Martin of Brown County, said, “Hon­esty pays, but it doesn’t seem to pay enough to suit some peo­ple.”

Play­ing suit com­bi­na­tions cor­rectly pays at the bridge ta­ble. An ex­pert en­joys an ad­van­tage be­cause he knows so many of them, but even then, care might be needed. What should South have done in his four-spade con­tract af­ter ruff­ing the third round of clubs?

Re­mem­ber that you do not pre-empt against a pre-empt. Jump over­calls are strong.

South has three top losers: two clubs and one spade. So he must find East with both of the red-suit kings. How­ever, he prob­a­bly needs to take three fi­nesses: one in hearts and two in di­a­monds. This re­quires ei­ther lots of dummy en­tries or be­ing able to run a card from the dummy that can win the trick as­sum­ing the fi­nesse is suc­cess­ful.

De­clarer has only one way into the dummy, via the spade eight. So he must care­fully ruff the third club high, then lead a top trump. Let’s sup­pose West wins and plays an­other club. South ruffs high once more and over­takes his spade two with dummy’s eight. What next?

Sup­pose de­clarer runs the di­a­mond nine. Then he will be stuck. If he leads the 10 next, he will have to win the trick with his jack, so he should try the queen, but East can cover with the king to strand South in his hand.

De­clarer should first lead the di­a­mond queen and un­block his jack. Then he can run the di­a­mond 10. When that holds, he plays a heart to his queen and claims.

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