Bridge ‘Thinking Bridge’

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For years, my friend Ed­die Kan­tar has con­trib­uted an ex­cel­lent “Thinking Bridge” fea­ture to Daily Bul­letins at the ACBL North Amer­i­can Cham­pi­onships. To­day’s Kan­tar deal ap­peared dur­ing the Fall NABC in San Diego.

South’s open­ing bid of two clubs is strong and ar­ti­fi­cial. North’s two di­a­monds is neg­a­tive or wait­ing, and East’s dou­ble is lead-di­rect­ing. North would pre­fer three-card spade sup­port to raise at his sec­ond turn, but he has no bet­ter call.

South’s jump to five clubs at his third turn is a gad­get called “Ex­clu­sion Key­card Black­wood”: It asks North to show aces out­side the club suit. His five hearts shows one, so South goes to six spades.

SIN­GLE­TON West leads a diamond — a sure sin­gle­ton — so de­clarer is at risk of a ruff. If he lets the queen of trumps ride next, or even if he leads the ace and a sec­ond trump, he goes down.

In­stead, South goes to the ace of spades and dis­cards his last diamond on the ace of clubs. He can then lead a sec­ond trump safely. DAILY QUES­TION You hold: ♠ A8 ♥ 3 2 ♦ 7 5 4 3 2 ♣ A 10 8 7. Your part­ner opens one spade, you re­spond 1NT, he bids two hearts and you re­turn to two spades. Part­ner bids three hearts. What do you say? AN­SWER: De­spite your weak pref­er­ence, part­ner still as­pires to game. He wouldn’t have bid three hearts just to show you length in both ma­jors. Since you have a side ace and a pos­si­ble ruff­ing value, bid four spades. He may hold K Q J 9 4, A Q 10 5 4, A 6, 5. South dealer N-S vul­ner­a­ble

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