Daily Bridge Club /
When I kibitz penny games at my club, I see a lot of shaky bridge. But it’s a pleasure to watch when Ed, our best player, opposes Rose, who also knows the game.
Rose was declarer at today’s 3NT. West led the ten of hearts, and Ed, East, took his ace.
A heart return would have left Rose in good shape, but after a pause, Ed shifted to the king of clubs, killing dummy’s entry to the diamonds.
“I knew I wouldn’t get an easy ride from you,” Rose smiled.
She took the ace, led a heart to her hand and returned the queen of diamonds: eight, six, deuce.
Ed’s defense had suggested that he had the king of diamonds, so Rose did not
repeat the finesse.
She took dummy’s ace, her last high heart and the Q-J of clubs. Rose then exited with a club, and after West took the 13th heart, he had to lead a spade. So Rose won three clubs and two of everything else.
“Well played,” Ed nodded. “Nice defense,” said Rose. Would that all players could be as skilled and as gracious.
43 632 A J10976 A 2. Your partner opens 1NT, promising 16 to 18 points. The next player passes. What do you say?
This is a basic textbook problem. Raise to 3NT. Don’t bother to mention the diamonds, which should take tricks at notrump.
You should prefer to play at the cheaper nine-trick game. Once in a blue moon, you will go down at 3NT when you could have done well at diamonds, but those occasions are too infrequent to cater to. North dealer
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2 Pass 3 NT All Pass Opening lead – 10