IF THEY GO TOO HIGH, BRING THEM DOWN

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - YOUR DAILY BREAK - by Phillip Alder

Will Rogers said, "Pol­i­tics has be­come so ex­pen­sive that it takes a lot of money even to be de­feated."

Isn't that the truth? At the bridge ta­ble, though, we try to de­feat de­clarer by as­sum­ing partner has the cheap­est hand to achieve that end.

This deal oc­curred dur­ing the World Youth Teams Cham­pi­onship in Italy last year. At the first ta­ble, North-South had made three notrump. Let's see how Har­ald Eide (East) and Chris­tian Bakke from Nor­way worked out what to do.

The auc­tion was op­ti­mistic. North re­ally should have passed over one diamond with that 4-33-3 garbage. When she dragged up a one-heart re­sponse, South's two-no-trump re­bid in­di­cated a strong hand with long di­a­monds. North's three di­a­monds was weak and de­nied five hearts.

West led the spade three, not the ideal start. South took East's jack with his ace and re­turned a spade to dummy's 10, East play­ing the seven: high-low with a re­main­ing dou­ble­ton.

Now de­clarer led a diamond to his queen, East play­ing the two, up­side-down count. What did Bakke do af­ter win­ning with his king?

He re­al­ized that de­clarer had started with 3-1-6-3 or 3-2-62 dis­tri­bu­tion, and that his side needed to take four heart tricks now. If South had a low dou­ble­ton, West had to shift to a low heart. But Bakke de­cided that de­clarer was more likely to be 1-3 than 2-2 in the rounded suits, so he led the heart king to swal­low South's queen and col­lect the nec­es­sary num­ber of tricks.

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