Details for Daily bridge

Bridge By Phillip Alder
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one more trip to the new lead well

Dealer: West
Vulnerable: East-West

North
♠ A K 10 7
♥ K J 10 5
♦83
♣964
West
♠J
♥9643
♦AK52
♣A873

04-17-19

East
♠63
♥872
♦Q9764
♣ Q J 10
South
♠Q98542
♥AQ
♦ J 10
♣K52

South
4♠

West
1♦
Pass

North
Dbl.
Pass

East
3♦
Pass

Opening lead: ??
Woodrow Wilson, in a letter,
wrote, “Power consists in one’s
capacity to link his will with the purpose of others, to lead by reason and
a gift of cooperation.”
That is a good mantra for bridge
partners, especially when on defense.
They need to cooperate, signaling
accurately to each other.
How should East-West power
through the defense to this fourCOPYRIGHT: 2019, UNITED FEATURE SYNDICATE

spade contract?
Over West’s one-diamond opening, North had a respectable takeout
double. He would have preferred better clubs, or an honor there, but he
hoped South had length in a major.
East would have liked a singleton for
his pre-emptive raise, but you aren’t
always dealt the perfect hand. (With
a game-invitational limit raise or
stronger, East would have responded
two no-trump.) Then South bid what
he hoped he could make.
When each partner has bid the
same suit, the opening leader starts
with the king from an ace-king or
king-queen holding. (By contrast, to
lead the ace denies the king.) Here,
East helps out by playing the nine,
his highest spot-card, to show the
queen. Next, West cooperates by
continuing with the diamond two (not
the ace!), which puts his partner on
lead. Then, it should not be the work
of more than a nanosecond or two for
East to shift to the club queen, which
gives the defense three more tricks
for down two. Terrific!
There is one other occasion
in which you lead king from aceking and king-queen at trick one
-- against a contract of five clubs
or higher. The lead asks partner to
give a count signal, so you will know
whether the ace will cash.

Wed., 4/17

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