“Simple Saturday” columns are meant to help aspiring players improve technique and develop logical thinking.
Today’s auction was a hit-or-miss effort. North could have raised two spades to three, saving room to look for slam. South’s Blackwood 4NT bid didn’t help him place the contract with any assurance. His final bid was speculative: He couldn’t count 13 tricks.
Against seven spades, West led the queen of clubs, and South was happy to see both major-suit queens in dummy. He took the king of clubs and cashed the A-K of trumps, ready to claim if East-West followed, but West discarded.
South had 12 tricks and had to ruff something before he drew trumps. He took the ace of clubs and ruffed his last club in dummy, but East overruffed.
South made a Little League error. Since East has the missing trumps, South can take the ace of diamonds at Trick Four and safely ruff a diamond low. He takes the jack of trumps and goes to the queen of hearts to draw the last trump.