Bridge

Cy the Cynic says you can fool too many of the peo­ple too much of the time. He may be right. De­cide whether the de­clarer in to­day’s deal should have been fooled.

The Denver Post - - FEATURES - by Frank Ste­wart

South played at four spades af­ter an old-fash­ioned auc­tion. (Modern pairs might have used a “trans­fer” se­quence to make North de­clarer.) When West led the king of hearts, East over­took with the ace and re­turned the nine, mas­querad­ing as a man with a dou­ble­ton. West won and led a third heart.

South was afraid to ruff low in dummy — he thought East would over­ruff — and he ex­pected a nor­mal 3-2 break in trumps. So South ruffed with the queen. He was an­noyed when East fol­lowed suit and then turned up with four trumps. South lost a trump and a club and went down.

South suc­ceeds by ruff­ing the third heart low. Maybe he should have rea­soned that if West had held six good hearts, he might have opened with a weak two-bid. Still, credit East with a good de­cep­tive de­fense.

This week: de­fen­sive de­cep­tion.

Daily Ques­tion: You hold: & AKJ42 h 543 ( K106 $ 10 9. Your part­ner opens one heart, you re­spond one spade and he next bids two clubs. The op­po­nents pass. What do you say?

An­swer: Though you have a di­a­mond stop­per and bal­anced pat­tern, you should re­sist the urge to bid 2NT. Your part­ner would like to know about your heart sup­port, such as it is. Jump to three hearts, invit­ing game. If your five of hearts were the king, you could bid four hearts.

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