Details for Daily Bridge

Bridge By Phillip Alder
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Describe the nature of a hanD quickly

Dealer: South
Vulnerable: East-West
North
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♠52
♥ K Q 10 9 4
♦A9654
♣9
West
♠Q976
♥A3
♦QJ
♣AQ654

East
♠ A J 10 4
♥8
♦K8732
♣ K 10 3

South
♠K83
♥J7652
♦ 10
♣J872
South
Pass
4♥

West
1♣
Pass

North
2 NT
Pass

East
Dbl.
Pass

Opening lead: ??
W. Bruce Cameron, who is
best known for his novel “A Dog’s
Purpose,” wrote, “There are apparently three factors that lead to longevity: heredity, habits and what your
wife will let you get away with.”
The single most important factor
to the longevity of bridge is the fact
that there are so many exceptions to
the basic guidelines. However, if you
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stick to the tried and true guidelines,
you will come out ahead most of the
time.
How would you critique this
auction? What should happen in four
hearts?
I agree with North’s Unusual
Two No-Trump, showing at least 5-5
in the red suits. Yes, if East-West win
the auction, they will have a road
map of the deal, but why should that
happen? Two no-trump gives much
more information to South than would
a one-heart overcall. (In a 15-table
duplicate, when North did bid one
heart, East made a negative double,
and the unbeatable four-spade contract was easily reached.)
After East’s double, showing
a good hand with defensive values,
either West or East should have
doubled four hearts, knowing that his
side had the balance of power. Then
West should have started the defense
with the ace and another heart, to
cut down declarer’s ruffing winners.
South would have taken only one
spade, four hearts, one diamond and
three club ruffs on the board.
Instead, West led the diamond
queen, which East thought was a singleton. So, when declarer shortly led
a low diamond from the board, East
put up his king, squashing his partner’s jack and establishing dummy’s
nine as a 10th trick for South.

Tues., 5/14

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