Daily Bridge Club

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

Sim­ple Satur­day

“Sim­ple Satur­day” col­umns are meant to help as­pir­ing players im­prove tech­nique and de­velop log­i­cal think­ing.

Learn­ing players must ab­sorb an ar­ray of rules. De­fend­ers are taught to “cover an honor with an honor.” Such “rules” have log­i­cal ex­cep­tions.

To­day’s North prop­erly raises South’s 1NT to 3NT; the nine-trick game will suc­ceed more of­ten than five clubs. South wins the first heart with his king. He must set up the clubs but lacks the dummy en­tries to fi­nesse with his jack. So South takes the king and leads the jack.


If West cov­ers an honor with his queen, South takes the ace and leads the nine, los­ing to the ten. He then has five club tricks, two hearts and two spades.

Cover an honor to pro­mote lower cards in your hand or part­ner’s hand. Since that is un­pro­duc­tive here, West must duck the jack of clubs. South will pass the jack, but when East dis­cards, South gets only three club tricks. The de­fense will have time to set up the hearts to beat the game.


You hold: A K 7 K 9 3 Q 10 7 4 2 K J. Nei­ther side vul­ner­a­ble. The dealer, at your right, opens one club. What do you say?

AN­SWER: Plenty of rules ex­ist for the bidding, but many sit­u­a­tions re­quire you to use your judg­ment. I believe most ex­perts would dou­ble one club for take­out as the best ac­tion here. A few would over­call one di­a­mond, get­ting the five-card suit men­tioned. Oth­ers would try 1NT, show­ing the same type of hand as a 1NT open­ing. South dealer Both sides vul­ner­a­ble

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