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Bridge By Phillip Alder
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Dealer: South
Vulnerable: Both
North
08-10-19
♠J7
♥A4
♦ J 10 9 8 7 6
♣Q92
West
♠ Q 10 9
♥K9863
♦542
♣65

East
♠K843
♥Q752
♦3
♣K874

South
♠A652
♥ J 10
♦AKQ
♣ A J 10 3
South
1♣
2 NT

West
Pass
Pass

North
1♦
3 NT

East
Pass
All Pass

Opening lead: ♥ 6
Woody Hayes, who is in the
College Football Hall of Fame as a
coach, said, “The five big mistakes in
football are the fumble, the interception, the penalty, the badly called
play, the blocked punt -- and most of
these originate with the quarterback.
Find a mistake-proof quarterback,
and you have this game won.”
If you find a mistake-proof
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declarer, you have bridge won.
In today’s deal, we have a
blocked suit. Can declarer punt to
circumnavigate the problem? West
leads his fourth-highest heart against
three no-trump. What should South
do?
South might have upgraded and
opened two no-trump, not that that
would have altered the final contract
-- North would have raised to three
no-trump. Yes, five diamonds makes,
but with no singleton or void and
insufficient points to consider a slam,
it is better to go for the nine-trick
game.
South seems to have nine top
tricks: one spade, one heart, six diamonds and one club. However, now
that the heart ace has been removed
from the dummy, declarer has no
immediate dummy entry left and cannot enjoy six diamond tricks. Instead,
he must go for these nine winners:
one spade, one heart, three diamonds
and four clubs. But that might require
three winning club finesses. To take
those finesses, South needs to stay in
the dummy while taking the first two
finesses. In this situation, he should
lead the lowest card that can win the
first finesse. So, declarer must call
for the club nine. He continues with
the club queen, takes a third club
finesse and runs for home.

Sat., 8/10

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