Daily Bridge Club
“Simple Saturday” columns are meant to help aspiring players improve technique and develop logical thinking.
Many pairs would arrive at today’s four hearts with North as declarer after a “transfer” response by South. West leads the five of diamonds, and you take dummy’s ace.
Count winners: You have six trumps plus three side aces. For one more, you might try two finesses in spades, but a better plan is to use dummy’s clubs.
You can score the fifth club, but you need three dummy entries: two to ruff clubs, one to take the good fifth club. The A-J of hearts and ace of clubs will be entries, but you can’t draw trumps, and you must save the ace of clubs until you are ready to start ruffing.
At Trick Two, lead a low club from dummy. West wins, cashes the king of diamonds and leads a trump. Win in your hand, take the ace of clubs, ruff a club high, lead a trump to dummy and ruff a club high. Then you can draw the missing trump and pitch a loser on the good club.
You hold: K Q 3842 K 10853 K 10. Your partner opens one club, you respond one
diamond and he bids one heart. What do you say?
ANSWER: You have enough strength to invite game. Since 3NT is the most likely game, jump to 2NT. Partner should treat that bid as invitational. If your hand were stronger — if your spades were A-K-3 — you could bid 3NT. I will admit that your lack of aces is a negative feature; a timid second bid of 1NT might be right. North dealer N-S vulnerable