LIFE & CULTURE
“I married a lawyer,” a reader writes, “and when we have a disagreement, I have to deal with someone professionally trained to argue.”
As West, my fan led her singleton club against four spades.
“My husband won and returned a club,” she writes. “I ruffed and led a heart next, but declarer lost only to my husband’s ace of trumps, making four.
“I pointed out that we beat the contract if my husband leads a diamond at the second trick. I lost the argument before it started. He said he knew I’d led a singleton, but he had no way of knowing I had the king of diamonds.”
I’ll argue on West’s behalf. If West has an ace, East has no worries, but if West has the king of diamonds, East must lead a diamond at Trick Two, setting up a diamond trick before South can draw trumps and use the clubs.
Since East has the ace of trumps, he can wait to give West a ruff. East doesn’t know West has the king of diamonds, but East must so assume. Otherwise, his play is moot.
You hold: A52 K 975 ( 984 $ A 8 3. Your partner opens one club, you respond one heart and he bids 1NT. What do you say?
Answer: This decision is close. You have 11 high-card points, and assuming an opening 1NT range of 15 to 17 points, your partner may have as many as 14. But your hand lacks “body“: good intermediate spot cards. Game is unlikely but possible. If your side is vulnerable, raise to 2NT. If not, I would pass and accept a plus. by Dana Summers