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Bridge

♠
♥
♦
♣

By Phillip Alder

keep the trump under control

Dealer: South
Vulnerable: Both
North
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♠92
♥Q6
♦Q76
♣ K 10 8 7 5 2
West
♠J873
♥AK985
♦ 10 5 4
♣3

East
♠ 10 6
♥ J 10 7 4 3
♦AJ9
♣J64

South
♠AKQ54
♥2
♦K832
♣AQ9
South
1♠
3♦
4♠

West
Pass
Pass
Pass

North
1 NT
3♠
Pass

East
Pass
Pass
Pass

Opening lead: ♥ A
Albert Ellis, who was a psychologist, said, “The best years of
your life are the ones in which you
decide your problems are your own.
You don’t blame them on your mother, the ecology or the president. You
realize that you control your own
destiny.”
Quite right, too! In this deal,
declarer has to keep his trump suit
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under control. What should he do
in four spades after West leads the
heart ace and continues with the
heart king?
The auction was uncomfortable. South was understandably not
willing to risk a nonforcing two-diamond rebid. Then North wondered
if he should rebid three no-trump,
but that would not have worked well
here. When he chose three spades,
South guessed well not to continue
with four clubs, because five clubs
couldn’t have been made.
In four spades, a greedy
declarer ruffed the second heart
and played trumps from the top.
But when they split 4-2, not 3-3,
South could not recover. He turned
to clubs, but West ruffed the third
round and played another heart.
Declarer had to lose one spade, one
heart and two diamonds.
The correct line is to ruff at
trick two, then to lead the other low
spade from South’s hand. This concedes the trump trick he is always
going to lose, and keeps a trump
on the board to ruff a third round of
hearts if that is forthcoming from a
defender. Declarer will be able to
draw trumps and run the clubs.
Finally, did you spot West’s
lethal defense? At trick two, he
had to shift to a diamond. But who
would find that?

Fri., 7/24

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