Mur­phy on golf


I play golf as well as bridge, and Mur­phy’s Law ap­plies at both games. In golf the short­est dis­tance between two points is a straight line that goes through a large tree; haz­ards at­tract, fair­ways re­pel; and if you’re hav­ing your best round ever, it will rain.

In bridge, if you need a 3-2 break, the suit will break 4-1.

In to­day’s deal, South took the ace of spades and led the jack and then a low di­a­mond to the king. East took his ace and led the jack of hearts. South couldn’t run dummy’s di­a­monds, and when he went af­ter the clubs, the de­fense got two clubs, two hearts and a di­a­mond.


At Trick Two, South can lead his eight of di­a­monds to dummy’s nine. If East takes the ten and shifts to hearts, South wins in his hand and over­takes the jack of di­a­monds to set up the di­a­monds, win­ning four di­a­monds, three spades and two hearts.

If East plays low on the first di­a­mond, dummy leads a low di­a­mond. East must duck again, and then South at­tacks the clubs for nine tricks.


You hold: ♠ 5 2 ♥ K 6 3 ♦KQ 9763♣75. Your part­ner opens one spade, you bid 1NT and he re­bids two spades. The op­po­nents pass. What do you say?

AN­SWER: It looks odd to leave your di­a­monds on the shelf, but part­ner prom­ises min­i­mum val­ues with at least six spades, hence you’ve found a playable trump suit, and your chances for game are nil. Pass. You would run to three di­a­monds with a hand such as 2,A 63, Q J 109743, 7 5. North dealer Both sides vul­ner­a­ble

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