Greenwich Time - - ADVICE/GAMES - Frank Stewart

Some­times I watch ex­pert games on Bridge Base On­line, a ter­rific in­ter­net site. (Check it out; mem­ber­ship is free.) In to­day’s deal, East was a na­tional cham­pion whose bid­ding is un­in­hib­ited.

Against four clubs, West led a trump. South cap­tured East’s queen and let the queen of di­a­monds ride, and East won and re­turned a trump. South won, went to the ace of spades and pitched two spades on the A-J of di­a­monds.

At Trick Seven, he ruffed a di­a­mond with the nine of trumps.

West over­ruffed with his ten, but South ruffed the spade re­turn and led the king of hearts to West’s ace. South ruffed the next spade, took the queen of hearts, ruffed a heart in dummy and threw his last heart on the good di­a­mond. Mak­ing four.

After a trump lead, South could al­ways win 10 tricks (a spade lead would beat him), but as the play went, West pre­vails if he de­clines to over­ruff the fourth di­a­mond. By over­ruff­ing, he gave South two tricks: a heart ruff in dummy and the fifth di­a­mond. DAILY QUES­TION You hold: S J 6 5 H K Q 8 2 D Q C A K J 9 2. You are the dealer. What is your open­ing call?

AN­SWER: This is a headache. Open one club. You will have an easy sec­ond bid if part­ner re­sponds in a red suit. If he re­sponds one spade, you will be stuck. A bid of two hearts would be a strength-show­ing “re­verse,” two spades would be an un­der­bid and three spades would show bet­ter sup­port. I might try three clubs. A few play­ers (not I) would open 1NT.

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