Goren on Bridge
A poll of 10 experts as to what they would bid as dealer with the West hand might collect five or six different answers. Five clubs is a sound choice. North didn’t want to make a takeout double and risk partner passing to convert it to a penalty double when he was likely cold for a slam somewhere. The auction is reasonable all around.
South ruffed the opening club lead in dummy and was happy with his contract. There would be 13 easy tricks unless one of the majors split 4-0. This was not unlikely after the five-club opening. South cashed dummy’s ace of hearts at trick two and was not surprised when West showed out. East had a sure trump trick but there were still 12 tricks, right? West also discarding on the ace of spades was a rude development.
South didn’t give up. He saw that he might still be able to make his contract if East had started with exactly 4-4-3-2 distribution, which was not impossible at this point. Declarer led a trump to his queen and ruffed his last club in dummy. He cashed the king of trumps, followed by the ace, king, and queen of diamonds in that order. He was home when East followed to all three diamonds.
South exited with his last trump to East’s jack and East was forced to lead a spade into dummy’s king-queen-10. Making six and a hand to brag about! Bob Jones welcomes readers’ responses sent in care of this newspaper or to Tribune Content Agency, LLC., 16650 Westgrove Dr., Suite 175, Addison, TX 75001. Email responses may be sent to tcaedi[email protected]bune.com.
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