Details for Daily Bridge

Bridge By Phillip Alder
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♥
♦
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burn space quickly, and count cards

Dealer: East
Vulnerable: North-South
North
♠J65
♥A7
♦AJ54
♣K873
West
♠AQ7
♥ Q 10
♦98632
♣Q65

04-25-19

East
♠ 10 9
♥J9865432
♦ Q 10
♣ 10

South
♠K8432
♥K
♦K7
♣AJ942
South

West

North

1♠
5♣

Pass
Pass

2♣
5♠

East
Pass
4♥
All Pass

Opening lead: ♦ 3
In “Macbeth,” Shakespeare
wrote, “If it were done when ‘tis
done, then ‘twere well it were done
quickly.”
That definitely applies at the
bridge table. In this deal from a teams
match, one East opened four hearts
despite his weak suit. This left South
feeling uncomfortable. He might have
overcalled four spades, although that
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would not have been without risk -but what isn’t in this position? When
South actually doubled, North passed,
and they collected a 300-point penalty.
At the other table, the auction
went as given. East passed and then
bid four hearts. If he was willing to
go that high, he should have done it
quickly, before the opponents had had
a chance to exchange information.
If North had passed over five
clubs, maybe East would have found
the killing spade lead, but probably
not, especially since he had only one
trump.
Against five spades, West hoped
that his partner was short in diamonds, when he should have known
that East had very few, if any, clubs.
West’s deceptive diamond three
was covered by the jack, queen
and king. After a low trump went to
West’s queen, South took the next
diamond with dummy’s ace and ran
the spade jack, which West surprisingly ducked.
What was the club layout?
Assuming East had eight hearts,
his distribution had to be 2=8=2=1.
So declarer led a low club from the
board. When East played the 10,
South won with his ace and ran the
jack through West to make his contract and gain 8 international match
points.
Pre-empt sooner rather than
later.
Thurs., 4/25

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