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Bridge

♠
♥
♦
♣

By Phillip Alder

the key to the key suit

Dealer: South
Vulnerable: North-South
North
♠J53
♥J4
♦Q983
♣ A Q 10 3
West
♠Q862
♥K985
♦7
♣J974

05-21-20

East
♠ K 10 9
♥ Q 10 3 2
♦A654
♣85
South
♠A74
♥A76
♦ K J 10 2
♣K62

South
1 NT

West
Pass

North
3 NT

East
All Pass

Opening lead: ♥ 5
The Marquis de Vauvenargues,
a French moralist, stated that great
thoughts come from the heart.
Presumably he felt that thoughts
and emotions are interconnected.
However, at the bridge table we
should try to stop our emotions from
clouding our thoughts, our judgment.
In today’s deal, South spotted
the critical snippet of information
that provided the key to success.
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Against the contract of three notrump, West led the heart five. What
was South’s plan?
First, he tried dummy’s heart
jack; maybe West had underled
the king-queen. However, East
produced the queen. It would have
been nice to duck two rounds of
hearts, trying to cater to a 5-3 division with East’s having the diamond
ace. But declarer realized if he did
that, and his opponents switched to
spades, he would almost certainly
fall to defeat, losing one diamond,
two hearts and at least two spades.
So South won the first trick and
immediately dislodged the diamond
ace. East won with the ace, and
the defenders took their three heart
tricks. Then they exited in spades.
Declarer ran his diamonds,
learning that West had a singleton.
Then South cashed dummy’s club
ace, played a club to his king and
finessed dummy’s club 10 successfully to land the contract.
“Nice guess,” said North.
“Not really,” explained South.
“I knew West had started with four
hearts and one diamond. If he had
five spades and three clubs, surely
he would have led a spade, not a
heart. He must have had four cards
in each black suit and an initial
4=4=1=4 distribution. Hence my
play in clubs.” Thoughtful.

Thurs., 5/21

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