Details for Bridge

Bridge By Phillip Alder
♠

♥
♦
♣

many nations played, many nations won

Dealer: South
Vulnerable: Neither

North
♠AKQ42
♥A863
♦K6
♣53
West
♠ J 10 9 5 3
♥K
♦ J 10 9 8 7 5
♣7

08-08-18

East
♠ -♥ Q J 10 9 7 5 2
♦3
♣98642

South
♠876
♥4
♦AQ42
♣ A K Q J 10
South
1♣
Dbl.
4 NT
5♥
7 NT

West
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Dbl.

North
1♠
4♥
5♦
6♦
All Pass

East
3♥
Pass
Pass
Pass

Opening lead: ♥ K
Karl Lagerfeld said, “I would like
to be a one-man multinational fashion phenomenon.” Surely he is.
Bridge’s zonal and world championships are multinational. It is a
great aspect of our game that race,
religion and skin color have no significance.
COPYRIGHT: 2018, UNITED FEATURE SYNDICATE

This deal occurred during the
3rd Asia Cup, played in Mumbai,
India, in June. There were eight
championships, and the winners
came from seven countries: Australia,
China, Chinese Taipei (twice), India,
Japan, Korea and Thailand.
What is the best North-South
contract? How is it made after a
heart lead?
In the auction, South’s double
over three hearts showed three-card
spade support. Four no-trump was
Roman Key Card Blackwood, the
reply indicating three key cards (here,
two aces and the spade king). Five
hearts asked for the spade queen;
six diamonds showed her and the
diamond king. West’s double was
incomprehensible.
At the other table, North-South
bid to seven spades. That needed
trumps 3-2 and ended down two.
However, at this table, as Sunit
Chokshi (South) appreciated, when
you seem to have a superfluity of
tricks, choose no-trump. He jumped
to seven no-trump.
After winning with the heart
ace, declarer cashed the spade ace
to get that news. He then ran the
clubs, bringing everyone down to
six cards. West had to retain four
diamonds and three spades to cover
those suits. Not being able to do that,
he was squeezed and the grand slam
made, giving India B 18 international
match points.
Wed., 8.8

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