FRANK STE­WART BRIDGE

Pretoria News - - THE X-FILES -

CHANG­ING TIMES

I fear that if Moses lived today, the Ten Com­mand­ments would be the Ten Best Prac­tices, about which he would make a Pow­er­Point pre­sen­ta­tion, and then would come 40 years of sta­tus meet­ings. Bridge has com­mand­ments: “rules” bet­ter viewed as ten­den­cies. In today’s deal, West led the king of di­a­monds against four hearts, and dummy played low. When East sig­naled with the deuce, West led a club. South took the ace, drew trumps and led dummy’s five of spades. East played “sec­ond hand low,” and that was the end of the de­fense. Last Di­a­mond West cap­tured South’s jack and led a club, but South ruffed in dummy and led the queen of spades to East’s king. He won the di­a­mond re­turn, threw his last di­a­mond on the ten of spades and claimed.

The de­fense pre­vails if East ig­nores a rule. He must rise with the king on the first spade to re­turn a di­a­mond, set­ting up a sec­ond di­a­mond trick for West. West prob­a­bly has the ace of spades, and if South has it, four hearts must be un­beat­able.

Daily Ques­tion

You hold: A 7 6 3 4 K Q 10 KJ

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9 6 3. You open one club, your part­ner re­sponds one di­a­mond, you bid one spade and he tries two hearts. What do you say?

An­swer: Part­ner has a good hand. His “re­verse” as re­spon­der com­mits you to game and sug­gests longer di­a­monds. If he has a hand such as 5, A J 7 6, A J 9 7 5 2, A 2 with just 14 high-card points, you may make a grand slam. Jump to four di­a­monds to show a promis­ing hand with strong di­a­mond sup­port. South dealer Nei­ther side vulnerable

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