aces on bridge

Vancouver Sun - - FEATURES - bobby wolff

“The ca­pac­ity to con­tem­plate ... the har­mo­nious el­e­gance in Na­ture’s man­i­fes­ta­tions, is one of the most sat­is­fac­tory ex­pe­ri­ences of which man is ca­pa­ble.”

— Dr. Hans Se­lye

On this deal from last spring ’s Ja­coby Open Swiss Teams in Kansas City, Mis­souri, Peter Boyd found a pretty line to bring home a chal­leng­ing three no-trump. Boyd was part­ner­ing with Adam Wildavsky and re­ceived some clues from the auc­tion.

West led the club king against three no-trump and con­tin­ued with the club queen, as East dis­carded a dis­cour­ag­ing di­a­mond. De­clarer ducked again, cap­tured the club jack at trick three as East pitched a spade and, guided by the auc­tion, cashed the di­a­mond ace. The wel­come sight of the di­a­mond king from West gave him eight top win­ners and also cre­ated the pos­si­bil­ity of pres­sure against West later on. But for this to be rel­e­vant, West needed to have started with four hearts, so that dummy’s long heart could bring that pres­sure.

Boyd cor­rectly con­tin­ued by cash­ing his di­a­mond win­ners as West was forced to dis­gorge a low spade and the club seven. Now Boyd played the fourth round of di­a­monds. East won the trick while de­clarer threw a low spade, and West was now on the horns of a dilemma. He chose to dis­card a sec­ond low spade, but when East ex­ited with a heart, de­clarer won the king, cashed the heart ace-queen (pitch­ing a club), then crossed to the spade ace, drop­ping West’s king.

East had fol­lowed suit through­out so was forced down to Q -8 of spades. Thus, af­ter a low spade to dummy’s jack, East could win his queen but then had to give de­clarer his game-go­ing trick at the end in the form of the spade 10.

AN­SWER: Your hand is on the cusp of invit­ing game, but with all your val­ues in the suits where part­ner is short, the more dis­creet ac­tion is sim­ply to bid two spades rather than to in­vite game with a call of two no-trump. You might tip me the other way if you had the spade 10 in ad­di­tion to your other val­ues.

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