Find­ing the right suit will avoid er­rors

The Denver Post - - Fitness -

No ten­nis player will ever be as good as a wall, which sto­ically re­turns ev­ery shot. The way to win at bridge is not to try for bril­liant shots but to avoid un­forced er­rors.

At 3NT, South took the ace of hearts and saw no prob­lems: He led a di­a­mond to dummy’s 10. East won with the queen and re­turned a heart, and South took the king, led a club to his hand and tried an­other di­a­mond.

When West pitched a spade, South was in trou­ble. He took the ace of di­a­monds and tried a spade to his 10, but West took the queen, led a third heart, won the next spade and cashed two hearts for down one.

South was un­lucky to find the di­a­monds stacked. Still, he went down be­cause he put an easy re­turn into the net by at­tack­ing the wrong suit.

South has four clubs, three hearts and a di­a­mond and can eas­ily get a spade trick. At Trick Two he leads the king of spades. If West takes the ace and leads an­other heart, South wins and leads an­other spade. This week: Which suit? Daily Ques­tion: You hold: AQ2 7654 6 10 7 3 2. Your part­ner opens one di­a­mond, you re­spond one heart and he bids one spade. The op­po­nents pass. What do you say?

An­swer: Though an out­side chance of game re­mains, to bid again with such a weak hand is more likely to get your side too high. You have no at­trac­tive bid any­how: Nei­ther a raise to two spades with only three trumps, a bid of 1NT with weak clubs nor a re­bid of two hearts is ap­peal­ing. Pass.

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