Details for Daily Bridge

Bridge By Phillip Alder
♠

♥
♦
♣

two chances are better than one

Dealer: North
Vulnerable: Both
North
♠K743
♥A62
♦AQJ5
♣KQ
West
♠Q98
♥KQJ9
♦ 10 6 3
♣J74

05-25-19

East
♠ 10 2
♥ 10 7 5 4
♦982
♣ 10 9 8 5
South
♠AJ65
♥83
♦K74
♣A632

South

West

1♠
5♣
5♠

Pass
Pass
Pass

North
1♦
4♠
5♦
6♠

East
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass

Opening lead: ♥ K
Marley Dias, a 14-year-old activist and feminist, said, “Innovation
comes from: one, acknowledging
yourself; two, studying and understanding the problem; and three,
finding a solution.”
Bridge deals require studying
them, understanding the problem and
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finding a solution.
In today’s deal, for example,
how should South play in six spades
after West leads the heart king?
When North raised to four
spades, showing 18-20 support
points, South knew not to use
Blackwood, because he had two
immediate heart losers and could not
guarantee that North had a first- or
second-round control in the suit. So,
South made a five-club control-bid.
Then, over five diamonds, his fivespade continuation made it plain that
he had fast heart losers. With the
heart ace, North raised to six spades.
South is faced with potential
losers in each major suit. Declarer
will get home if he can draw trumps
without loss; or if he can discard his
second heart.
If South tries to avoid a spade
loser, he will cash dummy’s king,
then play a low spade, planning to
put in his jack. If the suit is 3-2 and
the finesse works, he is going to end
with an overtrick.
The alternative is to cash the
two top spades. Maybe the queen will
drop. If not, South turns to diamonds,
hoping to pitch his last heart on the
fourth diamond. As you can see, that
works in this layout; and usually a
line that has two ways to win will be
better than a plan that has only one
string to its bow.

Sat., 5/25

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