The un­usual is some­times cor­rect

China Daily - - GOINGS ON -

Charles M. Sch­wab said, “All suc­cess­ful em­ploy­ers are stalk­ing men who will do the un­usual, men who think, men who at­tract at­ten­tion by per­form­ing more than is ex­pected of them.” Change “em­ploy­ers” with “bridge play­ers,” and you still have a valid ob­ser­va­tion — although you should also make it “men and women.”

Most bridge deals fall into known cat­e­gories, but every now and then, one comes along that re­quires the un­usual. South is in four spades. What should tran­spire af­ter West leads the heart ace? The auc­tion should fol­low the given course whether you and your part­ner use Stan­dard Amer­i­can or two-over-one game-force. In twoover-one, North has a min­i­mum game-force, so should warn part­ner about that by jump­ing to game on the se­cond round. When West leads the heart ace, East wants part­ner to con­tinue hearts, so sig­nals with his nine.

West cashes his heart king and plays a third round to East’s queen. What hap­pens next? East counts the points. He holds 7, dummy has 13, and West has pro­duced 7. That leaves only 13 miss­ing. South must have the spade ace, spade king and di­a­mond ace. Also, since South has at most four mi­nor-suit cards and holds the di­a­mond ace-king and club ace-king, the de­fend­ers can­not get an­other side-suit trick; they need a trump win­ner. East must do the “un­think­able” — con­cede a ruf­fand-sluff. He leads his last heart. Then, when West ruffs with the spade eight, it ef­fects an up­per­cut and pro­motes a spade trick for East.

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