The Star Democrat - - COMICS & PUZZLES - Some deals of­fer ev­ery­one chances

By Phillip Alder Al­bert Szent-Gy­or­gyi, a Hun­gar­i­anAmer­i­can bio­chemist and No­bel Prize win­ner who shot him­self in the arm dur­ing World War I so that he could fin­ish his med­i­cal stud­ies, said, “Dis­cov­ery con­sists of look­ing at the same thing as ev­ery­one else and think­ing some­thing dif­fer­ent.”

In bridge, if ev­ery­one had the same thoughts, the bid­ding and play of a given deal would al­ways be the same. But, of course, that doesn’t hap­pen. Also, sev­eral deals give both sides, de­clarer and the de­fense, a chance to do some­thing clever. To­day, we will look at the de­clar­erplay in this deal. To­mor­row, we will turn to the de­fend­ers. South is in five di­a­monds. How should he plan the play af­ter West cashes two spade tricks, then shifts to a heart?

The bid­ding was com­pli­cated. North had to pass on the first round be­cause he had no five-card suit and was too short in hearts for a take­out dou­ble. North’s sec­on­dround two-spade cue-bid showed a strong hand: at least a good 12 points op­po­site South’s bal­anc­ing dou­ble. North’s three-spade cue­bid was an un­suc­cess­ful at­tempt to get into three no-trump. To make the con­tract, South had to play the trump suit with­out loss. Who had the di­a­mond queen? De­clarer counted up the high-card points. He had 15, and dummy held 13. That left only 12 out­stand­ing, but since West had opened the bid­ding, he had to have the di­a­mond queen.

South played a di­a­mond to his king at trick four, then ran the di­a­mond jack through West. When that won, de­clarer drew the last trump and claimed.

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