Details for Daily Bridge

Bridge By Phillip Alder
♠

♥
♦
♣

make partner's life as easy as possible

Dealer: South
Vulnerable: East-West

North
♠QJ74
♥ Q 10 8 3
♦J6
♣ Q 10 9
West
♠9
♥542
♦ K Q 10 9 8
♣7632

04-12-19

East
♠83
♥J976
♦A532
♣AKJ

South
♠ A K 10 6 5 2
♥AK
♦74
♣854
South
1♠
3♠

West
Pass
Pass

North
2♠
Pass

East
Dbl.
Pass

Opening lead: ♦ K
Joey Adams, a comedian who
died at the end of the last century,
said, “Of course, it’s very easy to
be witty tomorrow, after you get a
chance to do some research and
rehearse your ad libs.”
It’s very easy to appear to be
an expert bridge player tomorrow,
after you’ve had a chance to analyze
the deals. But a real expert finds the
winning plays at the time, not in the
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postmortem. In particular, a strong
defender tries to make everything
clear to his partner.
What should East do in this deal
after West leads the diamond king
against three spades?
Although North has 8 high-card
points and four-card support, such
a soft hand full of “quacks” is better suited for defense than offense.
In contrast, South was tempted to
jump to four spades over East’s
takeout double. He might have compromised between three spades and
four spades by making a three-club
help-suit game-try, asking partner
to concentrate on his holdings in
the black suits. Here, North would
have retreated to three spades.
(Note that East-West can make three
diamonds, losing only one spade and
three hearts. But if they push on to
four diamonds, either North or South
should double, especially given the
vulnerability.)
East-West need five tricks. East
should hope for two diamonds and
three clubs. But if East discourages
in diamonds at trick one, West might
shift to a heart. East can make matters perfectly clear to his partner.
He overtakes with the diamond ace,
cashes the club king (king from aceking after trick one), leads a low diamond and awaits West’s club return
through dummy. Bingo!

Fri., 4/12

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