Daily Bridge Club /
“We lost our ladder match yesterday,” Cy the Cynic told me in the club lounge.
“It was probably bad luck,” I soothed Cy. “I’m sure you played well enough to win.”
“Actually,” the Cynic growled, “I have nobody to blame but my partner.”
When Cy was East, his partner led the five of hearts against 3NT, and Cy took the ace and returned the eight. West won and led a third heart to set up his suit. South knew he couldn’t let West get in, so instead of finessing in diamonds, South laid down the ace. When the king fell, he claimed.
“At the other table,” Cy said bitterly, “the defense started the same way, but on the second heart West followed with the deuce, as if he’d had a five-card suit. Then the declarer for my team saw no reason not to finesse in diamonds -- the normal play. When West took the king, he ran the hearts. We lost 13 IMPs and the match.”
I guess Cy’s team deserved to lose after all. The West player for their opponents defended intelligently.
972 K965 32 K J 6 2. Your partner opens one spade. The next player passes. What do you say?
This hand is too weak for a response of two hearts.
A new-suit bid at the two level would suggest at least 10 points.
Bid two spades. You could temporize with a bid of two hearts, planning to support the spades next, with 9 7 2, A 9 6 5 3 2, A, Q 6 2. If you held97,AQJ1032,K,976 2, you could bid two hearts, intending to rebid the hearts cheaply.
Both sides vulnerable
EAST 10843 A8 643 Q974 WEST
972 K96532 K
J62 SOUTH KQ5 QJ10 AQ95 K83
1NT Pass 3 NT All Pass Opening lead – 5