All of us have a “re­sul­tish” streak. Bridge play­ers — and bridge writ­ers — tend to be more im­pressed with a good play when it works than when it doesn’t.

The Denver Post - - TRAVEL - by Frank Ste­wart

I see end­less ex­am­ples of suc­cess­ful dummy play and de­fense writ­ten up, but I rarely see a los­ing play ap­plauded in print even when it was the­o­ret­i­cally cor­rect.

When I watched to­day’s deal in a penny game, South was Ed, my club’s best player. Against the bold six spades, West led the jack of hearts, and Ed won with the ace and knew he had to make some­thing of dummy’s long clubs. He took the A-K, dis­card­ing a di­a­mond, and led a third club from dummy. East threw a di­a­mond, and de­clarer ruffed.

Ed next took the king of trumps and led a sec­ond trump. When West fol­lowed low, Ed played dummy’s ten! East grate­fully took his jack and led a di­a­mond, but Ed pro­duced the ace, drew the miss­ing trump with dummy’s ace and ran the clubs to dis­card his re­main­ing di­a­monds. Mak­ing six.

“Could have made seven,” was all North said.

Safety plays of­ten ap­pear to be aber­ra­tions be­cause they pro­tect against a fa­tal loss at the cost of los­ing an un­nec­es­sary trick. Ed’s play safe­guarded the slam against a trump hold­ing of J-9-8-3 with West. If East showed out on the sec­ond trump, Ed would start to run the clubs. When West ruffed, Ed could win any re­turn, draw West’s last trump with the ace and fin­ish the clubs.

As for North, he was not only a re­sult mer­chant, he was a poor tech­ni­cian as well as a poor part­ner.

North dealer

N-S vul­ner­a­ble

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