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Bridge By Phillip Alder
♠

♥
♦
♣

there is no need to be so active

Dealer: South
Vulnerable: Both

North
10-13-18
♠K
♥AKQ82
♦K6
♣ Q 10 7 4 3
West
♠ A 10 9 2
♥73
♦ J 10 9 8 5 2
♣8

East
♠J53
♥ 10 9 6 4
♦743
♣AJ2

South
♠Q8764
♥J5
♦AQ
♣K965
South
1♠
2 NT
3 NT

West
Pass
Pass
Pass

North
2♥
3♣
Pass

East
Pass
Pass
Pass

Opening lead: ♦ J
James Humes, a former
presidential speechwriter, said, “One
secret of leadership is that the mind
of a leader never turns off. Leaders,
even when they are sightseers or
spectators, are active, not passive
observers.”
Some bridge players try to be
leaders all the time, taking control
even when they shouldn’t -- as hapCOPYRIGHT: 2018, UNITED FEATURE SYNDICATE

pened in today’s deal.
Played at Bridge Base Online,
South had a borderline opening bid
with such a weak suit. Even if partner
responded with two diamonds (twoover-one game-forcing), South had
an unappealing rebid.
Here, North responded two
hearts. Then several Souths rebid two
spades, which was awful! Why not
two no-trump?
Over three clubs, South liked
his four-card support, but the rest of
his hand stank. Understandably, he
continued with three no-trump. Then
North pondered for a while, but finally
passed.
After West led the diamond jack,
South saw six top tricks: four hearts
and two diamonds. He could hope for
a fifth heart winner, but it looked as
though he needed to play clubs for
only one loser. So, after winning with
his diamond queen, declarer led a
club to the queen.
If East had just won that trick
and passively returned a diamond,
South would have had to guess clubs.
However, wishing to plow his own
furrow, East shifted to a spade!
West won that trick and reverted to diamonds, but now South had
nine winners: one spade, five hearts,
two diamonds and one club.
Playing second fiddle is often
best.

Sat., 10.13

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