ACES ON BRIDGE

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Fun & Games - By Bobby Wolff Dist. by An­drews McMeel for UFS

Dear Mr. Wolff: What should I do if I am about to be dummy and my part­ner has explained one of my calls in­cor­rectly? When, if at all, should I say some­thing when I’m not com­pletely sure whether it was my mis­take or his?

— Lady’s Slip­per,

Mitchell, S.D. AN­SWER: When the auc­tion is over, you must gen­er­ally cor­rect a false ex­pla­na­tion. This ap­plies whether you are go­ing to be dummy or de­clarer. If you re­al­ize you have bid im­prop­erly and your part­ner explained your call cor­rectly, you may not have to put that ex­pla­na­tion right. But be aware that the di­rec­tor may as­sume a false ex­pla­na­tion rather than an in­cor­rect bid. (Note: As a de­fender, you would wait un­til the end of the hand be­fore speak­ing up.)

Dear Mr. Wolff: Re­cently I held SPADES K-J-9, HEARTS 9-3-2, DI­A­MONDS Q-10-3-2, CLUBS K-7-4, and heard my part­ner open two clubs. Our agree­ment is that two di­a­monds is a wait­ing bid, with a suit bid show­ing length and strength. Is there any up­per limit to the two-di­a­mond bid? What would you do here?

— Frog Prince, Mont­gomery, Ala. AN­SWER: Part­ner won’t pass your two-di­a­mond call, so you can de­scribe your hand ac­cu­rately later. Your part­ner may not ex­pect you to have de­cent cards, but he will not dis­count that pos­si­bil­ity. I would not bid an im­me­di­ate two no-trump with this hold­ing, as it pre­empts part­ner’s de­scrip­tion of his hand, though there is noth­ing wrong with do­ing that.

Dear Mr. Wolff: My part­ner and I dis­agree about a suit com­bi­na­tion. How should you play a sin­gle­ton fac­ing K-Q-10-8-7-4 to max­i­mize the num­ber of tricks you can take?

— By the Book, Hart­ford, Conn. AN­SWER: Com­pare the plans to lead up to ei­ther the 10 or queen, and fol­low up with a top card. The only way you can take five tricks is to lead to the 10 and find the suit 3-3 with the jack on­side. Lead­ing to the 10 loses a trick un­nec­es­sar­ily only when the jack is sin­gle­ton or dou­ble­ton off­side — and if your left-hand op­po­nent is short, his part­ner prob­a­bly has any miss­ing honor.

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