Goren on Bridge

Orlando Sentinel - - LOCAL & STATE - With Bob Jones

Look at to­day’s deal and de­cide which con­tract you would pre­fer to play — four hearts or three no-trump. Both con­tracts were played dur­ing a team match in the Philip­pines some years ago.

The four-heart con­tract might well have suc­ceeded, but the West de­fender found the only de­fense to de­feat it. He cashed two high clubs and con­tin­ued with a low club. East ruffed with the jack of hearts, pro­mot­ing West’s heart hold­ing into two tricks and de­clarer had no win­ning op­tion.

They played in three no-trump at the other ta­ble, by North, and the de­clarer also failed by one trick, but the con­tract could have been made. Can you spot how?

East found the best lead of a low spade. We don’t know how the un­suc­cess­ful de­clarer played it, but he could have pre­vailed by cash­ing the king of diamonds at trick two. This would have dropped the jack from West, and de­clarer could have con­tin­ued with the 10 of diamonds. East would be forced to cover with the queen, or else South would have four di­a­mond tricks to go with three hearts and two spades. The 10, queen and ace would have made an en­try out of South’s nine of diamonds. De­clarer could then have played four rounds of hearts, giv­ing a heart trick to the de­fense but set­ting up the long hearts in his hand. The de­fense would have been forced to set­tle for three club tricks. Which con­tract did you pick? 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 tcaed­i­tors@tri­bune.com.

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