Details for Daily bridge

Bridge By Phillip Alder
♠

♥
♦
♣

does he have the king or queen?

Dealer: South
Vulnerable: Both

North
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♠AK2
♥74
♦ Q J 10 9 8
♣853
West
♠54
♥K9632
♦7643
♣Q4

East
♠63
♥A85
♦52
♣ A K J 10 9 7

South
♠ Q J 10 9 8 7
♥ Q J 10
♦AK
♣62
South
1♠
3♠

West
Pass
Pass

North
2♦
4♠

East
3♣
All Pass

Opening lead: ♣ Q
Olivia Williams, an
Englishwoman who has appeared in
some 40 movies, said, “My father
was king of the guidebooks, and our
holidays were always planned, taking
us from a great gallery to an ace cafe
to a beautiful view. And as an actor, I
loathe improvisation because there’s
no structure and no one knows
what’s going on.”
At the bridge table, defenders
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like to use their aces to kill declarer’s
kings. But sometimes an ace serves
a different purpose -- to uncover the
information that a defender needs
to defeat a contract. How does that
apply in this deal? West leads the
club queen against four spades. What
happens after that?
If using two-over-one, North
would respond with a forcing one notrump, planning to rebid three spades
on the next round to show gameinvitational strength with three-card
spade support. Notice the drawback
compared to Standard American
in that South does not know about
North’s diamond suit, which would
help South in a borderline situation.
East overtakes the club queen
and cashes a second club. But what
does he do next?
He does not know! Does West
have the spade queen or the heart
king?
If West has the spade queen,
East can cash the heart ace, then
play a third club so that West can
overruff South. But if West has the
heart king, the defenders can take
two clubs and two hearts.
East finds out by cashing the
heart ace, denying the king after trick
one.
Here, West encourages with his
nine, and another heart lead defeats
the contract.

Wed., 4/10

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