FRANK STE­WART BRIDGE

Pretoria News - - THE X-FILES -

HOLD­ING UP A WIN­NER Re­ports are that po­lice ar­rested a man for steal­ing he­lium-filled bal­loons. They held him for a while and then let him go.

A ba­sic el­e­ment of dummy play is the “hold-up”: re­fus­ing to take a win­ner to dis­rupt the de­fend­ers’ com­mu­ni­ca­tion. In today’s deal, West led the queen of hearts against 3NT, and South won with dummy’s king and led a club to his jack. The idea was to force out a pos­si­ble en­try to West’s hand be­fore his hearts were set up. West took the king and led a low heart. When East played the ten, South held up his ace. Third Heart But then East shifted to the jack of spades, and South was in trou­ble. He played the queen, but West won and re­turned a spade. East got in with the king of di­a­monds to take two more spades. South’s tim­ing was a bit off. He makes 3NT by hold­ing up im­me­di­ately, let­ting West’s queen win the first heart. South wins the next heart, loses a club fi­nesse and wins the third heart. He fi­nesses safely in di­a­monds and makes an over­trick.

Daily Ques­tion You hold: K 7 4 Q J 9 5 2 5 4 ♣K

♠ ♥ ♦ 10 6. Your part­ner opens one club, you re­spond one heart and he bids one spade. What do you say?

An­swer: You have no good bid, but you mustn’t pass. Part­ner could have as many as 18 points, and game is still pos­si­ble. A re­bid of two hearts would show longer hearts, a raise to two spades would sug­gest four-card sup­port, and a bid of 1NT with no di­a­mond strength isn’t ap­peal­ing. Bid two clubs as the least evil. South dealer N-S vul­ner­a­ble

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