Goren on Bridge

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Would you open the bid­ding with the South hand?

Many would not, rea­son­ing that the heart suit isn’t any­thing spe­cial and the ace and king in side suits might cause part­ner to mis­judge your side’s de­fen­sive prospects.

When this deal was played re­cently in a team com­pe­ti­tion, one South sneered at those thoughts and opened with a weak two-heart bid. Part­ner forced to game and 10 tricks were easy when the de­fense was un­able to start with two rounds of trumps. South won the open­ing spade lead and ruffed a spade in dummy. He crossed back to his hand with the king of clubs to ruff his last spade and then led dummy’s king of di­a­monds. The queen of di­a­monds would pro­vide a dis­card for South’s los­ing club and de­clarer held his losses to one di­a­mond and two trumps.

At the other ta­ble, South made the dis­ci­plined pass as dealer and heard West open with three spades, de­fy­ing the same rules that South ig­nored at the first ta­ble. No one could find a bid over that and he played it there, mak­ing three. The de­fense could have pre­vailed with per­fect ex­e­cu­tion. Af­ter the lead of the king of di­a­monds to West’s ace, South must win the ace of spades, cash the king of clubs, and then lead a club to North’s ace. The queen of di­a­monds would al­low South to dis­card a club and then ruff the next club. Too tough!

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