Details for Daily Bridge

Bridge By Phillip Alder
♠

♥
♦
♣

is it guesswork, or is there a clue?

Dealer: South
Vulnerable: Both
North
♠J74
♥Q5
♦AKQ8
♣AKQ6
West
♠AK83
♥ 10 9 6
♦J54
♣J72

06-08-19

East
♠Q92
♥J2
♦ 10 9 7 6 3
♣ 10 8 3
South
♠ 10 6 5
♥AK8743
♦2
♣954

South
2♥

West
Pass

North
4♥

East
All Pass

Opening lead: ♠ A
Jessica Alba said, “My theory
is that if you look confident, you can
pull off anything -- even if you have
no clue what you’re doing.”
At the bridge table, it pays to
look confident, especially if you are
blatantly overbidding. At other times,
you will not be sure whether partner
has holding A or holding B. But usually there will be a clue available to
tell you.
COPYRIGHT: 2019, UNITED FEATURE SYNDICATE

In today’s deal, look only at the
West and North hands. Defending
against four hearts, West leads the
spade ace: four, nine, five. How
should West continue?
At trick one, East’s job is to
signal whether he has the queen, the
honor touching the two promised by
West’s opening lead. If he does, he
plays the highest spot-card he has;
if he does not, he plays his lowest
spade. However, if East started with
a doubleton spade, he drops the
higher card, playing high-low with a
doubleton and planning on ruffing the
third round of the suit. But here, how
does West know whether his partner
has a doubleton or the queen?
There is not so much a clue as
there is the desire to defeat the contract. If East started with two spades,
and the defense begins with two high
spades and a spade ruff, from where
will the fourth defensive trick come?
The next deal!
Given the dummy, the contract
will be defeated only if the defenders take three spades and one heart.
West should continue with the spade
three at trick two. East wins with
his queen and returns the suit. Then
West should lead the 13th spade, and
East should ruff with his heart jack,
which effects an uppercut, promoting
a trump trick for West.

Sat., 6/8

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