Daily Bridge Club

Test your dummy play

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

This week’s deals have treated a ba­sic skill to which some play­ers seem averse: set­ting up a long suit. Cover the East-West cards. Plan the play at seven spades when West leads the jack of di­a­monds.

In a team match, both de­clar­ers went down. One in­ex­pli­ca­bly tried for his con­tract by ruff­ing clubs in dummy. He failed when the clubs broke badly. The other de­clarer drew trumps and took the K-Q of hearts. When West dis­carded, de­clarer lacked the en­tries to set up and cash the long hearts.

DIS­CARDS

South should go af­ter the hearts but must be care­ful in case they break 4-1. South cashes the king of spades at Trick Two, then takes the king of hearts. He leads a trump to dummy’s ten, dis­cards his queen of hearts on the king of di­a­monds and ruffs a heart with a high trump.

South can then lead a trump to the ace and ruff a heart. He takes the ace of clubs, ruffs a club in dummy and wins the last three tricks with good hearts.

Did you find the play to make the grand slam?

DAILY QUES­TION

Youhold: A1032 A87542 K Q 8. Your part­ner opens one di­a­mond, you bid one heart and he

raises to three hearts. What do you say?

AN­SWER: You prob­a­bly have a grand slam. A typ­i­cal hand for part­ner such as 54, K J 93, A J 965, AK should pro­duce 13 tricks. Bid 4NT, Black­wood, plan­ning to bid seven hearts if he has two aces. “Key Card Black­wood,” a vari­a­tion in which the king of trumps is treated as a fifth ace, might be help­ful here. North dealer Both sides vul­ner­a­ble

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