Goren on Bridge

Orlando Sentinel (Sunday) - - FUNNY PAGES - With Bob Jones

Play­ers will usu­ally pre­fer to play game in an eight-card ma­jor suit fit rather than play in no-trump. That’s a good idea, but when the hand with the five-card ma­jor is oth­er­wise bal­anced and his part­ner’s hand is com­pletely bal­anced, nine tricks at no-trump might prove eas­ier to take.

To­day’s deal is from a team game. At this ta­ble, East won the open­ing spade lead with his ace and shifted to a low di­a­mond, set­ting up three po­ten­tial di­a­mond tricks for him­self. South won the shift with his queen and led the 10 of hearts to the queen and ace. He crossed back to his hand with a club to lead the nine of hearts. He was hop­ing West would cover and East would have a dou­ble­ton eight, but that hope van­ished when West played the eight. De­clarer rose with dummy’s ace and took his nine tricks — two spades, two hearts, one di­a­mond, and four clubs. Mak­ing three!

At the other ta­ble, North-South “found” their eight-card heart fit. There were four cer­tain losers and de­clarer never had a chance. Down one.

no-trump is of­ten best when one player has a six-card mi­nor suit. Be on the look­out for hands that might play bet­ter in notrump de­spite a five-three ma­jor suit fit. It is al­most al­ways right to play in a ma­jor with a four-four fit, un­less both hands are “mir­rored,” mean­ing they have ex­actly the same length in all four suits. Bob Jones wel­comes read­ers’ re­sponses sent in care of this news­pa­per or to Tri­bune Con­tent Agency, LLC., 16650 West­grove Dr., Suite 175, Ad­di­son, TX 75001. E-mail re­sponses may be sent to tcaed­i­tors@tri­bune.com.


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