BRIDGE

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - By Frank Ste­wart

Suits don’t al­ways split well, but ca­pa­ble de­clar­ers try to be ready. At to­day’s four spades, South sees a loser in hearts and prob­a­bly two in trumps. He could lead a heart at trick two, try­ing to reach dummy to lead a trump to­ward his hand. But South fears that by wait­ing to lead trumps, he could court trou­ble: The de­fend­ers might have time for an “up­per­cut,” a type of trump pro­mo­tion.

Which trump should South lead at the sec­ond trick?

Lead­ing the king would mean down one. South should do what he can to guard against some­thing un­fore­seen — a sin­gle­ton ace with ei­ther de­fender — by lead­ing a low trump. As the cards lie, he cashes the K-Q of trumps when he re­gains the lead and makes his game.

If a de­fender won the first trump cheaply, South would lead the king later, hop­ing for a 3-2 break. When he got back in, he could draw the last trump.

Ques­tion: You hold: ♠ A ♥ AJ862 ♦ 7654 ♣ 7 5 2. Your part­ner opens one di­a­mond, you bid one heart and he re­bids two di­a­monds. What do you say?

An­swer: The devel­op­ment of the auc­tion makes your hand look quite promis­ing. Your part­ner has some length in spades, else the op­po­nents would have been heard from, so he can ruff spades in your hand. A min­i­mum hand for him such as J 54,3,AKJ932,K43of­fersa de­cent play for game. Bid five di­a­monds. South dealer N-S vul­ner­a­ble

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