LIFE & CULTURE
The workings of the human brain are complex. Proficiency at bridge involves many factors, but one is the ability to mentally manipulate an array of cards. Some
people have brains wired for that skill.
You’re declarer at today’s three spades. You doubled at your first turn, then bid your spades to show extra strength. West leads the king and a second heart. After ruffing, what do you do?
If you start the trumps, West wins the second round and continues hearts. You ruff and cash your last trump, but West discards: East still has a trump. When you take the A-K of clubs next and lead the queen, East ruffs, and you also lose a club and a diamond. Down one.
A player with great “card sense” may succeed. After South ruffs the second heart, he takes the A-K of diamonds and A-K of clubs and leads a low club.
If West wins and leads another heart, South ruffs, then ruffs his queen of clubs with the queen of trumps. He still has two trump tricks in his hand for nine in all.
Daily Question: You hold: & A4 h KQ 1042 ( Q9 $ J 9 8 3. Your partner opens one diamond, you respond one heart and he bids one spade. The opponents pass. What do you say?
Answer: This hand is strong enough to commit to game. To jump to 3NT might work (a bid of 2NT would be invitational, not forcing), but partner might have a handsuchasKQ63,A65,K10642,2. Bid two clubs, a forcing bid in a new suit, and let him continue to describe his hand. by Dana Summers