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

The Denver Post - - LIFE&CULTURE - By Frank Stewart

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

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