Daily Bridge Club

Coroner’s jury

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

You’re in­volved in a coroner’s in­quest. (For­tu­nately, you’re not the cor­pus delicti.) You must de­ter­mine the cause of the demise of today’s con­tract.

How could South go down at six spades af­ter West led his sin­gle­ton club? The club king is off­side, but East’s king of trumps is fi­ness­able; it seems South should lose only one club trick.

While you’re de­lib­er­at­ing, I’ll review the bid­ding. North’s jump to 2NT showed 18 or 19 points, bal­anced. South’s three clubs was forc­ing. When North bid three spades, South’s leap to six was bold; North could have had a hand less suit­able for slam.

As to the cause of death, how say you? SIN­GLE­TON

South put up dummy’s ace of clubs at Trick One, cor­rectly fear­ing West had led a sin­gle­ton. And East dumped his king of clubs un­der the ace!

South was afraid to fi­nesse in trumps. If the fi­nesse lost, West would give East a club ruff. So South led the ace and a sec­ond trump. East won and, to South’s amaze­ment, gave West a club ruff. DAILY QUES­TION spade, your part­ner bids two hearts, you re­bid two spades and he tries three clubs. What do you say?

AN­SWER: Since you have two di­a­mond stop­pers, to bid 3NT is tempt­ing. But your hand doesn’t look good for notrump. You have pri­mary val­ues, noth­ing in hearts to help part­ner set up that suit and no good suit of your own. Bid four clubs. Your best con­tract may be six clubs. North dealer N-S vul­ner­a­ble

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