BRIDGE

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - COMICS & PUZZLES - By Wolff

In to­day’s deal from a teams game, both de­clar­ers reached four spades and re­ceived a trump lead.

At one ta­ble, South de­cided to play for club ruffs. He won the first trick with the jack from dummy and played a club to his queen. West re­turned a se­cond trump af­ter win­ning the club ace, East pitch­ing the di­a­mond two. South won in hand and ruffed a club, then had to de­cide how to re­turn to hand.

Be­liev­ing his op­po­nents’ sig­nals, he crossed to the di­a­mond ace, then ruffed his last club, and now care­fully played the ace and a se­cond heart. Had he played a di­a­mond first, West would have won his king and led a heart, and could not then have been de­nied a di­a­mond ruff. As it was, South could sub­se­quently ruff a heart high to hand and draw the last trump, for 10 tricks.

South was op­ti­mistic about his chances of a swing, but in the other room, de­clarer won the first spade in hand and ducked a heart. East won to play a di­a­mond, and de­clarer fi­nessed un­suc­cess­fully. That let West play a se­cond trump. South won the spade in hand to play the heart ace and ruff a heart high, then used the trump en­try to dummy to ruff out hearts. He could later ruff one club loser in dummy and pitch one on the fifth heart, to score six trump tricks, two hearts and two di­a­monds.

If de­fend­ers had won the di­a­mond king to play back a club in­stead, South could have ruffed two clubs in dummy to come to 10 tricks.

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