DAILY BRIDGE CLUB

Stamford Advocate - - Advice/games - Frank Stew­art

Ev­ery month, I travel to Birm­ing­ham, Alabama, for din­ner and a fun bridge game with old friends and team­mates. We al­ways have in­ter­est­ing deals.

I was to­day’s South. North’s two-heart pref­er­ence showed weak­ness. When I re­bid three clubs, sug­gest­ing 10 cards in my two suits and game in­ter­est, North was re­luc­tant to try 3NT. So we landed at three hearts.

West led a spade, dummy played low and East took the queen and re­turned the king to dummy’s ace. I tried a club to my jack, and West won and led a high spade. I ruffed and led a low trump: nine, jack, queen. East re­turned a club, and I won and cashed the ace of trumps.

When West dis­carded (groan!), I led a good club. East ruffed but was left with A-Q-5 of di­a­monds and 10-7 of trumps. He cashed his ace — the set­ting trick — and I took the rest.

I go down two if East finds the odd play of a low di­a­mond (!) at Trick Nine. Dummy would win and lead an­other di­a­mond: queen, ruff. Then East would score his ace plus a trump. DAILY QUES­TION You hold: S K Q H Q 10

7 6 2 D A Q 5 4 C 10 9. Your part­ner opens one di­a­mond, you re­spond one heart and he bids one spade. What do you say?

AN­SWER: You can’t place the con­tract, but you must force to game. If in your part­ner­ship style, a jump-pref­er­ence in opener’s mi­nor-suit is forc­ing, a jump to three di­a­monds will be ideal. If that bid would be in­vi­ta­tional (and many pairs treat it so), bid two clubs, the “fourth suit,” to set up a force.

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