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“Sim­ple Satur­day” col­umns are meant to help as­pir­ing play­ers im­prove tech­nique and de­velop log­i­cal think­ing.

A com­mon theme in dummy play is com­bin­ing var­i­ous chances for your con­tract. You can com­plain about your luck only if you try ev­ery­thing and noth­ing works. In to­day’s deal, North roars into six di­a­monds de­spite South’s lack of en­cour­age­ment. West leads a heart, and East wins and leads a trump.

Bet­ter Chance

South counts 10 win­ners: five trumps in dummy, a po­ten­tial ruff in his hand, two spades, a club and a heart. He can get two more by win­ning a fi­nesse in a black suit. If de­clarer picks a fi­nesse, he will suc­ceed 50 per­cent of the time. For a bet­ter chance, he takes the A-K of di­a­monds and then the A-K of spades. When the queen falls from East, South draws trumps and claims.

If no queen of spades ap­peared, South would lead a trump to his hand and let the queen of clubs ride. If West had the king, South could pitch his last spade on the third club and ruff a spade in his hand for a 12th trick.

Daily Ques­tion

You hold: ♠ Q 2 ♥ A Q J 10 9 4 ♦ 5 ♣ K 8 5 3. You open one heart, your part­ner re­sponds two di­a­monds, you re­bid two hearts and he tries three di­a­monds. What do you say? An­swer: Your part­ner has six or seven di­a­monds but min­i­mum val­ues for a twoover-one re­sponse. (Even in a game-forc­ing two-over-one style, most pairs treat this se­quence as not forc­ing.) Don’t fight the mis­fit. Pass. Part­ner’s hand may win tricks only if di­a­monds are trumps.

South dealer Both sides vul­ner­a­ble

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