BRIDGE with Tannah Hirsch
This is another deal from Eddie Kantar’s instructive series “Thinking Bridge,” designed for players anxious to improve their play.
“South’s one no trump overcall shows the same strength as an opening one no trump. Keep peace in the family and lead partner’s suit, particularly with a hopeless hand.
“This contract is decided at trick one! As East, if you signal with the seven telling your partner to continue with a spade, he may want to, but not on this hand. Once a second spade is not played, declarer has time to set up the club suit and easily come to nine tricks.
“However, your spade spots are strong enough (see the 9 8 in dummy?) to overtake the jack with the queen and continue with a high spade until you drive out the ace. Now when you get in with the club king you will have established four spade tricks. That seven of spades is the best card in your hand! It tops declarer’s six and allows you to score four spade tricks plus the king of clubs. Don’t signal when you can overtake!”