Bridge

At match­point du­pli­cate, de­clarer may choose a line of play that would be wrong at IMPs or party bridge. To­day’s South plays at 3NT.

The Denver Post - - FEATURES - By Frank Ste­wart

West leads the jack of hearts. South has four spades and two hearts and can get three more tricks by los­ing a di­a­mond to the ace. At IMPs he would lead a di­a­mond at Trick Two.

At match­points South must pur­sue an over­trick. If clubs break 3-2 — a 68 per­cent chance — South can force out the ace for four club tricks and 10 in all. But if, as the cards lie, he wins the first heart in dummy and leads a club, East beats 3NT by ris­ing with the ace to re­turn a heart.

Same con­tract: The key ques­tion is whether the con­tract is “nor­mal.” If ev­ery pair will be at the same spot, mak­ing the con­tract is ir­rel­e­vant. What mat­ters is whether you take more tricks than the other de­clar­ers.

Here, ev­ery North-South will be at 3NT, so South should try for the over­trick. If East ducks the first club, an er­ror many Easts would make, South can shift to di­a­monds.

Daily Ques­tion: You hold: AJ93 h A6 ( Q1043 $ K Q J. The dealer, at your right, opens two hearts (a weak twobid). You dou­ble, and your part­ner re­sponds two spades. The op­po­nents pass. What do you say?

An­swer: Your dou­ble sug­gested a hand worth at least 16 points with sup­port for any of the un­bid suits. Your part­ner was obliged to re­spond, and his bid of two spades prom­ises no val­ues. Pass. With a hand as strong as K 8765,75,65, A 104 3, he would have jumped to three spades.

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