Daily Bridge Club

Sim­ple Satur­day

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

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

Ax­iom: It takes four de­fen­sive tricks to beat a ma­jor-suit game. To­day’s West led his sin­gle­ton club against four hearts. East took the ace and, di­ag­nos­ing the lead, re­turned a club. West ruffed but had no win­ning lead. He tried a di­a­mond, hop­ing East had an honor, but South took the queen and led a trump. East won and led an­other club, but South ruffed high and won the rest.

DI­A­MOND TRICK

East must count de­fen­sive tricks. He sees a club, a ruff and the ace of trumps, but the de­fense will al­most surely need a di­a­mond.

If West has the ace, no wor­ries. But if he has the king, a di­a­mond lead must come from East — quickly, be­fore South can draw trumps and use the clubs.

East must lead a di­a­mond at Trick Two. Since he has the ace of trumps, West’s ruff can wait. East doesn’t know that West has the king of di­a­monds, but East must so as­sume. Oth­er­wise, his play is moot.

DAILY QUES­TION

You hold: Q9632 A7 64 A 6 4 3. Your part­ner opens one heart, you bid one spade, he jumps to three di­a­monds and you try 3NT.

Part­ner then bids four spades. What do you say?

AN­SWER: Part­ner’s jump-shift forced to game. He has a huge hand with four-card or strong three-card spade sup­port. Since you have a fair five-card suit and two side aces, and your ace of clubs is ideal op­po­site part­ner’s short­ness, bid six spades or cue-bid five clubs. South dealer N-S vul­ner­a­ble

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