Details for Daily Bridge

Bridge By Phillip Alder
♠

♥
♦
♣

if you can see it, take total control

Dealer: South
Vulnerable: East-West

North
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♠ J 10 8 7 4
♥K5
♦63
♣AQ92
West
♠9
♥QJ3
♦ K Q 10 9 4
♣8765

East
♠A3
♥ 10 9 8 6 4 2
♦A752
♣3

South
♠KQ652
♥A7
♦J8
♣ K J 10 4
South
1♠
4♠

West
Pass
Pass

North
3♠
Pass

East
Pass
Pass

Opening lead: ♦ K
Nicole Kidman was quoted in
“The Scotsman” as saying, “When
you relinquish the desire to control
your future, you can have more happiness.”
A bridge player who does not
worry about the later tricks in the
play will usually end the deal with
less happiness or money, or both!
How should the defense proceed
in today’s deal after West leads the
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diamond king against four spades?
The North hand was strong for a
game-invitational limit raise because
it had only six losers (you deduct one
loser for a known 10-card or better
fit), but weak for a Jacoby Forcing
Raise with only 10 high-card points.
When North opted for the underbid, South raised to game because he
had only five-and-a-half losers (one
spade, one heart, two diamonds and
one-and-a-half clubs, deducting half
a loser for having the jack and 10).
East could see three defensive
winners: two diamonds and the
spade ace. From where might the
fourth trick come?
The most likely answer was a
club ruff. So, the original East played
a discouraging diamond two, asking
his partner to shift at trick two. West
got the message, but he switched to
the heart queen. Declarer won that,
drove out the spade ace and cruised
home.
East should have taken control
by overtaking with his diamond ace
at trick one and shifting to his club.
Then he could have won the next
trick with his spade ace, put his partner on lead with the diamond queen
and received the lethal club ruff.
Take control when you know
how to defeat a contract.

Thurs., 3/14

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