Goren on Bridge

North-South vul­ner­a­ble, North deals

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The open­ing lead will some­times give us a free fi­nesse, mean­ing we can play low from dummy and ride the lead around to our hand, in­sur­ing us against a pos­si­ble foul split in the suit that was led. The trump lead in to­day’s deal is a case in point. We can run the lead to our hand in case West led from an orig­i­nal hold­ing of four to the jack. That would be an er­ror here, how­ever. No player would lead a trump from four to the jack.

The con­tract seems to de­pend on a di­a­mond guess, as­sum­ing a win­ning guess is pos­si­ble. There is an im­por­tant ex­tra chance that re­quires us to make care­ful use of the dummy en­tries. South should win the open­ing club lead in dummy and ruff a spade. A low trump to dummy’s re­main­ing honor will see the suit split 2-2 and al­low de­clarer to cash the ace-king of spades, dis­card­ing two di­a­monds, and then ruff an­other spade. The 4-4 split in spades allows South to cash the ace and king of hearts, ruff a heart in dummy, and dis­card an­other di­a­mond on the es­tab­lished spade. No di­a­mond guess re­quired!

Bridge great Larry Co­hen, re­cently voted into the Hall of Fame, is giv­ing a se­ries of one-hour pre­sen­ta­tions on Mon­days from 2-3 East­ern Day­light time. He is hav­ing a dif­fer­ent celebrity bridge guest each week and he has asked me to be his guest this Mon­day, June 29. Please sign up and make me look good! Go to www.lar­ryco.com for de­tails.

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