Bridge

While the Spring NABC was go­ing on in Kansas City, I was on a Florida speak­ing tour. My first stop was the Khatib Bridge Cen­ter in Stu­art, where I was hon­ored to part­ner with Dr. Reza Khatib, a noted physi­cian and the club’s bene­fac­tor.

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As to­day’s West, I over­called one spade and then kept silent; to bid two spades at my sec­ond turn would not have been a good idea. Against South’s three di­a­monds, what would you have led with my hand?

I tried a trump. South won and led a spade, and I took the ace and led an­other trump. De­clarer won in dummy and led the king of spades, but my part­ner came through by ruff­ing. South threw a heart loser, but then East led a club. Even­tu­ally I got three clubs for down one. Some North-Souths made 3NT, so we scored well on the deal.

With per­fect play in­volv­ing a loser-on­loser end play (throw­ing me in with a spade to con­cede a club trick to the king), South could win 10 tricks at di­a­monds.

Kind­est re­gards to my friends at the Khatib club.

Daily Ques­tion: You hold: & 2 h AK7 5 ( AQ862 $ K J 6. You open one di­a­mond, and your part­ner re­sponds two clubs. What do you say?

An­swer: Slam is pos­si­ble if your part­ner has use­ful cards such as the ace of spades (but not the K-Q , which would be “wasted“), king of di­a­monds and good clubs. Bid two hearts, a “re­verse” that in most styles sug­gests ex­tra strength, and sup­port the clubs next. Let part­ner judge whether he has the right cards for slam.

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