Details for Daily Bridge

Bridge By Phillip Alder
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♦
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can you picture their key cards?

Dealer: South
Vulnerable: Both
North
♠8632
♥ 10 5 2
♦AQ5
♣Q98
West
♠KQJ9
♥3
♦ 10 8 6 3
♣7643

08-23-19

East
♠ 10 7 4
♥QJ87
♦J94
♣A52

South
♠A5
♥AK964
♦K72
♣ K J 10
South
1♥
4♥

West
Pass
Pass

North
2♥
Pass

East
Pass
Pass

Opening lead: ♠ K
Vincent van Gogh said, “A good
picture is equivalent to a good deed.”
He had such a great visualization of the world around him, especially when he was in the countryside. I am not confident that he would
have made a good bridge player, but
being able to picture the placements
of your opponents’ cards is important.
COPYRIGHT: 2019, UNITED FEATURE SYNDICATE

In today’s deal, for example,
how should South play in four hearts
after West leads the spade king?
South might well rebid three notrump over two hearts, which North
would pass with such a flat hand
and poor hearts. But making that
contract after West leads the spade
king would need good guesswork.
If South correctly reads the spades
as 4-3, he will play for one spade,
three diamonds, two clubs and three
hearts, which involves taking two
heart finesses through East.
In four hearts, declarer has two
losers outside trumps, so he must
hold his heart losers to one. If the
suit is splitting 3-2, there are no
problems. But what if they are 4-1?
If West has four, South will need
to find East with a singleton honor. If
East has the length, though, declarer
will be fine if he is careful.
The percentage play is first to
cash the ace. If an honor drops, fine.
But when one does not, South continues by leading low toward dummy’s
10. Here, West discards, and East
wins with his jack.
When declarer regains the lead
(probably by ruffing the third round of
spades), he crosses to the board with
a diamond and plays a heart to his
nine.

Fri., 8/23

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