Cy the Cynic tried marriage once. He says that sacrifices were once made at the altar — and still are.
Some sacrifices are still winners at the bridge table. At today’s 3NT, declarer ducked the first spade in both hands. He won the next spade with the ace and led a club to his queen, winning.
South next led a diamond. West accurately rose with his ace and led a third spade. East threw a diamond, and South won. He led a diamond to dummy and returned a second club, and when East’s king came up, South played low and claimed the rest when West followed.
South could have made 3NT by leading a low club after his queen won. When he led a diamond, he could have been defeated. When West wins and leads a third spade, East must sacrifice his king of clubs, a card that can be of no value anyway.
South has eight tricks — two in each suit — but that is all he can take. He can’t set up the clubs without losing to West’s jack.
Question: You hold: ♠ 63 ♥ QJ62 ♦ 97654 ♣ K 8. Your partner opens one heart, the next player overcalls one spade, you raise to two hearts and left-hand opponent bids two spades. Two passes follow. What do you say?
Answer: You don’t have many points. Still, bid three hearts. The key feature is your four good trumps. In competitive partscore situations when the high-card strength in evenly divided, tend to compete to the three level when you have nine trumps. South dealer Both sides vulnerable