LIFE & CULTURE
“Simple Saturday” columns are meant to help aspiring players improve technique and develop logical thinking.
When you are declarer and see dummy, it’s a propitious time. You haven’t goofed up the contract yet; you have a chance to play it well. You need a plan. Count your sure winners. If you’re short, consider how to develop more.
At four spades, South took the ace of diamonds, ruffed a diamond in dummy and let the queen of clubs ride. Alas, West took the king and led a trump, stopping another diamond ruff and killing dummy’s entry. South drew trumps but eventually lost two hearts to East plus a diamond.
South lost a cold game because he had no plan. He can count six trump tricks, a club, a diamond and two diamond ruffs in dummy. After he ruffs a diamond at Trick Two, he must lead a club to his ace and ruff his last diamond.
Later, South can draw trumps and still try for an overtrick by leading to the king of hearts. In any case, the contract is safe.
Daily Question: You hold: & 652 h A Q9 ( K982 $ 10 8 7. The dealer, at your left, opens one diamond. Your partner doubles, you respond 1NT and he bids two spades.
Answer: If partner had a spade suit and a hand worth a minimum opening bid, he would have overcalled one spade. By doubling before bidding his suit, he promises extra strength. Since your 1NT response was sound, move toward game. Raise to three spades or bid 2NT or 3NT. Don’t pass.