“Ever taken a lie-detector test?” a friend asked me.
“I’ve never been hooked up to a lie detector,” I said.
“I married one. My wife can catch me in tiny fibs. Her powers extend to bridge.”
My friend defended today’s deal as West in a home game. His wife was declarer.
“She took the ace of hearts, ruffed her last heart in dummy and let the queen of trumps ride. I played low. My wife then led another trump. When East played low, she appraised me — and played the ace.”
“She next led a diamond to dummy and returned the 10 of clubs. I took the queen, cashed my king of trumps and led a heart. My wife ruffed, lost a club to my ace,
ruffed the next heart and claimed.”
I’m not sure why South refused the second trump finesse, but she goes down if she finesses again. West wins and forces with a heart. South draws trumps, but when West takes the queen of clubs, he leads a fourth heart to force out South’s last trump and cashes a heart when he takes the ace of clubs.
Question: You hold: ♠A J 10 8 3 ♥A 5 ♦ A 8 2 ♣ K J 7. Your partner opens one heart. The next player passes. What do you say?
Answer: Your hand is worth about 18 points, and slam is likely if partner has a bit of extra strength. To alert him, jump-shift to two spades. If he bids, say, 2NT next, raise to 3NT, showing a strong, balanced hand with mild slam interest. Don’t respond one spade; the auction will be easier if you show slam aspirations quickly. South dealer Both sides vulnerable