Daily Bridge Club

Lack of def­i­ni­tion

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - CLASSIFIED - By FRANK STE­WART

If at first you don’t suc­ceed, maybe you need to re­de­fine suc­cess. If you’re de­clarer at 6NT, suc­cess means win­ning 12 tricks, and there’s no re­defin­ing it.

In to­day’s deal, South won the first club with his jack and next led a di­a­mond for a fi­nesse with dummy’s jack, los­ing to East’s queen. South won the club re­turn and still had a chance for his con­tract: He needed both red suits to break 3-3. The hearts obliged, but the di­a­monds were in­tractable. South took 11 tricks.

How would you play the slam?

10 WIN­NERS

South starts with 10 win­ners — two spades, three hearts, two di­a­monds, three clubs — and needs two more. He gets an ex­tra chance by test­ing the hearts first. If that suit broke 4-2, South would fi­nesse in di­a­monds next, hop­ing West held Q-x-x.

But when hearts break 3-3, South needs only three di­a­mond tricks. Hence he can take the A-K be­fore lead­ing to­ward the jack as a par­tial safety play. He guards against Q-x with East.

This week: more than one chance.

DAILY QUES­TION

You hold: A 74 K 84 A J 32 K Q 4. You open 1 NT, your part­ner re­sponds two clubs, you bid two di­a­monds and he bids three clubs. What do you say?

AN­SWER: At one time, part­ner’s bid­ding was treated as a sign-off; he showed long clubs but lit­tle strength and no game in­ter­est. But part­ner­ships can as­sign a dif­fer­ent mean­ing. Some might use the se­quence to show an in­vi­ta­tional hand such as 6 5, 7 3, K 6 5, A 10 8 6 3 2. Dis­cuss with your part­ner. South dealer Both sides vul­ner­a­ble

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