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Bridge By Phillip Alder
♠

♥
♦
♣

counting all four requires discipline

Dealer: South
Vulnerable: Both
North
♠ A 10 5 4
♥632
♦ 10 9 3
♣KJ7
West
♠762
♥QJ9
♦AKJ854
♣3

05-10-19

East
♠3
♥ 10 8 7 5 4
♦7
♣Q86542

South
♠KQJ98
♥AK
♦Q62
♣ A 10 9
South
1♠
4♠

West
2♦
Pass

North
2♠
Pass

East
Pass
Pass

Opening lead: ♦ A
Julie Andrews said, “Some
people regard discipline as a chore.
For me, it is a kind of order that sets
me free to fly.”
It requires discipline at the
bridge table to track all of the highcard points, which experts do on
every deal. It is even harder to work
out the opponents’ hand distributions,
but luckily that is not often necessary. Still, when it is, as in today’s
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deal, if you are not watching, you
might make an unnecessary error.
How should South plan the
play in his four-spade contract?
West cashes two top diamonds, East
discarding a low club on the second.
East ruffs the third diamond and
shifts to a heart.
In the auction, some Norths
might have been tempted to respond
three spades to show the fourth
trump -- bid to the nine-trick level
with nine combined trumps. However,
that bid should be pre-emptive, with
a weaker hand than this one. So,
two spades now, planning to bid
three spades on the next round, was
right. South, with 19 points, jumped
straight to game, but did wonder
if three no-trump would be better.
Here, that contract would have made
easily.
South must find the club queen.
He should draw trumps with his own
honors (noting that West had three),
cash his second heart winner, lead
a trump to dummy’s ace and ruff
the last heart in his hand. When
West follows, declarer knows that
West began with either 3=3=6=1 or
3=4=6=0 distribution. The contract
has become guaranteed. South plays
a club to dummy’s king and finesses
through East on the way back.

Fri., 5/10

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