Details for Daily Bridge

Bridge By Phillip Alder
♠

♥
♦
♣

don't be distracted in the suit led

Dealer: South
Vulnerable: Both
North
05-21-19
♠743
♥85
♦K96
♣ 10 8 5 4 2
West
♠82
♥J943
♦8752
♣Q63

East
♠A5
♥ K 10 7 6
♦ A Q 10 4
♣J97
South
♠ K Q J 10 9 6
♥AQ2
♦J3
♣AK

South
1♠
3♠

West
Pass
Pass

North
Pass
4♠

East
Dbl.
All Pass

Opening lead: ♠ 2
Bernice King, the youngest
child of Martin Luther King Jr., said,
“Refuse to be disheartened, discouraged, distracted from your goals in
life.”
When you are declarer at the
bridge table, you know your goal.
However, sometimes when the
dummy appears, you see that partner
has overbid again and pushed you
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into a contract that seems impossible. Do not be immediately disheartened; try to find a chance to succeed.
In today’s deal, how should
South play in four spades after two
rounds of trumps with both defenders
following suit?
East had an automatic balancing
takeout double, but he was nervous
when his opponents suddenly bid a
vulnerable game.
Since East probably has the
heart king, South hopes to take five
spades, two hearts, two clubs and
either one diamond or a heart ruff on
the board. But how can declarer get
to the board?
South must not be distracted
at the beginning; he has to keep
the spade six in his hand, so that
dummy’s seven becomes an entry.
But it cannot be used immediately.
Instead, declarer has to cash his top
clubs, then run the diamond jack.
What does East do after winning with
his queen?
If he leads his last club, South
should discard his second diamond
in case East started with four clubs.
But here declarer could ruff high,
enter dummy with the spade seven
and cash the rest of the clubs. Or,
if East cashes the diamond ace, it
establishes dummy’s king. Or, if East
shifts to a heart, South wins with his
queen, cashes the heart ace and ruffs
his last heart on the board.
Tues., 5/21

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