LIFE &C ULTURE
“Simple Saturday” columns are meant to help aspiring players improve technique and develop logical thinking.
A capable declarer counts sure tricks, then looks for ways to develop additional tricks he needs. He must often attack more than one suit. At today’s 3NT, the correct play is a matter of “last things first.”
South wins the first heart with the king, preserving an entry to dummy. If the clubs — South’s best suit — produce five tricks, South is safe since he can get at least two more in spades. But if East has a club trick, South must win the spade finesse.
South should lead his K-Q of clubs. If West followed, South would be safe. But when West discards on the second club, South must not set up the clubs directly; he should overtake with dummy’s ace to finesse in spades.
When South’s queen wins, he leads his last club to force out East’s jack. South can win the heart return in dummy, take the good clubs and repeat the spade finesse for nine tricks.
Daily Question: You hold: & AQJ hK 542 ( 832 $ K Q 3. You open one club, and your partner bids two clubs. The opponents pass. What do you say?
Answer: You had to open one club — a “prepared bid” — because your only “long” suit was a weak four-card major. Your partner’s raise is unwelcome, but he should allow for you to have poor clubs and would not have raised without four or often five trumps. Pass and hope for the best. Game is impossible.