Bridge

China Daily - - LIFE FUN -

Michael Friedman, a philoso­pher of science, said, "The sci­en­tific name for an an­i­mal that doesn't ei­ther run from or fight its en­e­mies is lunch." The sci­en­tific name for a bridge player who at­tacks the wrong suit first is loser. Don't join that en­dan­gered list in to­day's deal. South is in three no-trump, and West leads the heart queen. What should de­clarer do at trick one? And when on lead, which black suit should he play on first? South starts with five top tricks: two hearts, two di­a­monds and one club. If the club fi­nesse is work­ing, that will pro­vide the nec­es­sary ex­tra win­ners. But if it is los­ing, de­clarer will also need a spade trick.

But let's be­gin with trick one. If South lets West's queen hold the trick, West will prob­a­bly lead an­other heart; but if he is a ge­nius, he will shift to a di­a­mond, which kills the con­tract here. Then, af­ter tak­ing the first trick, South per­haps will have a nat­u­ral re­flex to run the club jack. Here, though, East would take the trick and re­turn a heart. Then, when South plays a spade, West would win with his ace and cash two heart win­ners to de­feat the con­tract. The de­fend­ers would take three hearts, one club and one spade. The dan­ger hand is West, the de­fender with the long hearts. His en­try should be driven out first. De­clarer must play a spade at trick two. If al­lowed to win the trick, he could con­tinue spades, or cross to hand with a di­a­mond and take the club fi­nesse, when he must take at least one spade, two hearts, two di­a­monds and four clubs.

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