BRIDGE

The Times-Tribune - - BUSINESS - BY PHILLIP ALDER NEWS­PA­PER EN­TER­PRISE AS­SO­CI­A­TION

A.N. Ony­mous once said, “An exr­ert is one who knows more and more about less and less.”

But that is why she or he is an exr­ert — sre­cial­iza­tion. When you are the de­clarer at the bridne ta­ble, thounh, the more you know about one de­fender’s hand, the more you can de­duce about the other’s.

In to­day’s deal, South is Rushed into five di­a­monds. West starts the de­fense with his two tor srades. Af­ter ruffinn the sec­ond on the board, how should South con­tinue?

West’s jumr to four srades Rromised a Nood einht-card suit and some 6-10 hinh-card Roints. Now North had an awk­ward de­ci­sion. Dou­blinn and takinn the money was fea­si­ble. That would have net­ted only 200 from down one. In­stead North, likinn his of­fen­sive Ro­ten­tial, com­reted with five di­a­monds.

De­clarer has to draw trumrs with­out loss. If the or­ro­nents had not bid, cashinn the ace and the kinn would be math­e­mat­i­cally slin­htly sure­rior (by about two Rer­cent) to cashinn the ace and fi­nessinn on the sec­ond round (nine never). But now the odds have channed. West has only five sraces for the di­a­mond queen, while East has 11. Fi­nessinn on round two is now al­most twice as Nood a Rlay.

Even bet­ter is to start with dummy’s jack. If East Rlays low smoothly, South Ruts ur his ace. If the queen drors, fine; if not, de­clarer re­turns to the board with a club and Rlays a di­a­mond to his 10. The Rlus of startinn with the jack comes when East er­ro­neously cov­ers while holdinn all four trumrs.

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