Fri­day, Novem­ber 2

The Mercury News Weekend - - LOCAL NEWS - | Frank Ste­wart

Ex­perts are re­luc­tant to ad­mit a mis­take. A fa­mous ex­pert de­fined one as any ac­tion he wouldn’t take. But Adam Wil­davsky gra­ciously re­ported to­day’s deal from the Sum­mer NABC. He was South in a Spin­gold Teams match.

North-South could have man­gled five di­a­monds dou­bled, but when Wil­davsky pulled to five spades, North raised to six. West led the king of clubs, won by the ace.

South planned to set up dummy’s fifth heart for a dis­card. If hearts broke 4-2, he would lead a trump to dummy’s 10 to try for a needed ex­tra en­try. So Wil­davsky led the K-A and a third heart. When East, who had pre-empted, fol­lowed suit, Wil­davsky ruffed low — and West over­ruffed. Down two.

Wil­davsky noted that since he needed a 2-1 trump break, he should have ruffed the third heart with the king. Then he could lead a trump to the 10, ruff a heart with the queen and go to the ace of trumps for the good heart.

It was no ob­vi­ous play. In the re­play, South also went down at six spades. DAILY QUES­TION:

You hold: ♠ A 10 ♥ A9764 ◆ K 10 5 ♣ J 4 3. Your part­ner opens one di­a­mond, you re­spond one heart and he bids two clubs. What do you say?

AN­SWER: It’s a judg­ment call. I would be will­ing to com­mit to game, es­pe­cially if play­ing with a sound open­ing bid­der. A bid of three di­a­monds is pos­si­ble, if forc­ing, but many pairs treat such a jump-pref­er­ence as in­vi­ta­tional. Bid 3NT, your most likely game. If part­ner’s spades are J-x-x, you need to be de­clarer.

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