LIFE & CULTURE
This is another in a series of weekly columns on “Simple Saturday.” The intent is to help aspiring players master basic technique and learn to think logically.
North’s bid of 2NT is an artificial forcing spade raise. Modern pairs use “limit” double raises and need a gadget to show a hand worth a game-force. South’s four spades denies slam interest.
West leads a heart: queen, king, ace. Declarer draws trumps and exits with a heart. East shifts to the king of clubs, and the defenders take two clubs and force South to ruff a club.
South needs to pick up the diamonds. A 3-2 break will make things easy, but if a defender has J-x-x-x, South must retain a finessing position after taking two high diamonds. Which defender might have started with four?
An inference is available: If West had a singleton, he might have led it. South should take the A-Q in case West had J-x-x-x.
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You hold: KJ87h Q5 ( AK94 $ 8 5 2. Your partner opens one heart, you bid one spade and he rebids two hearts. What do you say?
Answer: You have options. One is to probe with a bid of three diamonds. If partner bids 3NT next, you will pass, and 3NT will be a winning contract opposite 2,AKJ876,852,A43.Theotheroption, since partner’s rebid promises a six-card suit, is a raise to four hearts. That would be my choice, though not with conviction. by Dana Summers