Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition)
NE IL H AY WA R D
The Early Play:
West leads two top diamonds, felling East’s doubleton Q, then a diamond which East ruffs. East cashes the
A, and leads a heart to your king. What is your plan?
West holds five diamonds, and hearts are breaking 4-4
(West would have opened 1 with five cards, and East would have responded 1 with five of them). So, East holds four hearts, two diamonds, and five clubs. East started with two spades, West with one. When you draw trumps, lead small to the A. If West does not play the singleton K, East holds the K, singleton at this point, so play to drop that card. You should not look at your opponents’ cards. But you should strive to see them.