Points do not al­ways mean tricks

Porterville Recorder - - COMICS/PUZZLES -

An­other track on Pink Floyd’s “Um­magumma” al­bum is “The Grand Vizier’s Gar­den Party.” I am not sure how that segues into to­day’s deal, but let’s try. Look at the South hand. You pass as dealer, lefty opens one di­a­mond, part­ner over­calls one spade, and righty passes. What would you do now?

Con­sid­er­ing the five choices, I would not pass. One no-trump is hardly de­scrip­tive. Two clubs men­tions the best suit, but it is a mi­nor. The suit is weak for two hearts, but you are a passed hand, so part­ner will ex­pect only a five-bag­ger. Two spades is shy a trump.

So, noth­ing is per­fect. In a du­pli­cate, sev­eral play­ers passed. West then bal­anced with one no-trump, show­ing 18 or 19 points. Un­de­terred, the Norths re­bid two hearts. You would ex­pect South to have bid four hearts now, but a few passed again!

At two ta­bles, South bravely ad­vanced over one spade with two hearts. Af­ter West passed, one North raised to three hearts (passed out), but the other sen­si­bly jumped to four hearts.

Against four hearts, West led the heart five: king, nine, six. What should South have done?

It looked as though East had the heart queen, so prob­a­bly would not have the club ace. This sug­gested play­ing a club to the 10. De­clarer ac­tu­ally led a club to her queen. West won and — sur­prise, sur­prise — con­tin­ued with the heart queen. South won on the board, played a di­a­mond to her king and West’s ace, ruffed the di­a­mond queen and led a spade. West took that trick and forced South with an­other di­a­mond. Per­haps de­clarer should have played a spade to the jack, but she won with dummy’s king and led the spade jack. Af­ter a pause, though, South ruffed and claimed when the queen dropped.

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