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Bridge

♠
♥
♦
♣

By Phillip Alder

I thInk, therefore I play brIdge

Dealer: West
Vulnerable: Neither
North
♠ K 10 9 4
♥A94
♦Q5
♣ A 10 8 3
West
♠Q63
♥ K 10 7 6 3
♦ A J 10
♣Q5

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East
♠2
♥Q5
♦K76432
♣9764

South
♠AJ875
♥J82
♦98
♣KJ2
South
1♠
2♠

West
1♥
Pass
Pass

North
Pass
2♥
4♠

East
Pass
Pass
All Pass

Opening lead: ♥ 6
William Hazlitt claimed that
when great thoughts are reduced
to practice, they become great
acts. Well, this might be overstating
matters in a field of endeavor like
bridge, but the idea is reasonable.
On today’s deal, North’s twoheart cue-bid showed a good hand
with at least three spades.
When West led the heart six,
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South assessed the situation. Why
hadn’t West led the heart king?
Presumably because he didn’t have
both the king and queen. Mentally,
South placed one of these cards in
the East hand. Why hadn’t West led
a top diamond? Clearly because he
didn’t have the ace and king. South
gave a diamond honor to East.
But East had passed over his
partner’s opening bid. The mist was
clearing. If East had two red-suit
honors, West had to have the blacksuit queens.
South won the first trick with
dummy’s heart ace, played a spade
to his ace and led a low spade,
finessing dummy’s nine when West
followed with the six. After cashing the spade king, South paused
again. West was known to have
three spades and five hearts. One
diamond and four clubs was surely
impossible. With eight diamonds,
East would have bid.
West had to have at most three
clubs. Therefore, South played a
club to his king and led the club
two. When the queen appeared,
South won with dummy’s ace,
played a club to his jack, returned to
dummy with a trump and discarded
a red-suit loser on dummy’s club
10.
What an opponent didn’t do -in the bidding or the play -- may be
more revealing than what he did do.
Fri., 5/22

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