Wad­ing into trou­ble

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

As de­clarer, don’t dwell on per­cent­ages. Re­call the statis­ti­cian who drowned try­ing to wade a creek with an aver­age depth of 3 feet.

In to­day’s deal, North’s three­di­a­mond cue bid merely showed a good hand with a heart fit. At four hearts, South ruffed the third di­a­mond (East threw a spade), led a trump to the ace and re­turned a trump ... to his ten. West won, and East got a club trick. Down one.

“I took the per­cent­age play,” South said. “With West hold­ing six di­a­monds and East two, the odds shifted in fa­vor of a trump fi­nesse against East.”

“Don’t wade any creeks,” North growled. LAST SPADE

Af­ter South ruffs the third di­a­mond, he can cash the A-K of clubs, then take the top spades and ruff his last spade in dummy. When West fol­lows, South knows that West, who had 13 cards, held two hearts at most. So South takes the ace and leads to his ten.

When the fi­nesse loses, South doesn’t care. West must lead a di­a­mond, and South ruffs in dummy and pitches his club loser. DAILY QUES­TION Youhold: ♠ A 6 ♥A J 4 3 ♦8 5 4 ♣ K 6 5 4. Your part­ner opens one di­a­mond, you re­spond one heart and he bids one spade. What do you say?

AN­SWER: Since you have 12 high-card points, to com­mit to game is tempt­ing. But this hand lacks body: It has no in­ter­me­di­ate spot cards and no help­ing honor in the first suit part­ner bid. Bid 2NT, in­vi­ta­tional to game. To take a con­ser­va­tive view is surely bet­ter if your part­ner’s style is to open light­ish hands. South dealer N-S vul­ner­a­ble

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.