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Bridge

♠
♥
♦
♣

By Phillip Alder

be happy with getting home safely

Dealer: South
Vulnerable: Both
North
♠94
♥KQ83
♦ 10 8 3
♣ A Q 10 7
West
♠Q8752
♥9762
♦AQ4
♣4

07-01-20

East
♠ 10 6 3
♥54
♦9652
♣KJ92

South
♠AKJ
♥ A J 10
♦KJ7
♣8653
South
1 NT
2♦

West
Pass
Pass

North
2♣
3 NT

East
Pass
All Pass

Opening lead: ♠ 5
George Eliot said, “A difference
of tastes in jokes is a great strain on
the affections.” I guess she (Mary
Ann Evans) was speaking from personal experience. Interestingly, she
was married legally only once, at
the age of 60, seven months before
she died. Her husband tried to commit suicide during their honeymoon
in Venice by diving into the Grand
Canal, but he was rescued.
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Bridge features a difference in
scoring systems. In a duplicate pairs
event, overtricks are very important.
You receive one matchpoint for
each pair sitting in your direction
(North-South or East-West) that
you outscore, whether by 10 points
or 1000. In teams matches and
Chicago, you just concentrate on
making your contract. Overtricks are
small fry when compared to a game
bonus.
In today’s three-no-trump contract, how should South play in each
form of the game after West leads
his fourth-highest spade?
South starts with eight top
tricks: three spades (given trick
one), four hearts and one club. To
score a ninth trick without risk,
declarer should lead a diamond
from his hand at trick two; that is
the right play in a teams match or at
Chicago, with money on the line.
In a pairs event, though, South
should try to collect an overtrick
or two. In clubs, by intending on
taking two finesses, declarer has
a 92% chance for two tricks and a
67% chance for three tricks. Here,
though, disaster strikes. With every
minor-suit honor offside, three notrump will now go down. But South
will have a lot of company.

Wed., 7/1

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