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Bridge

♠
♥
♦
♣

By Phillip Alder

once on the road, do not deviate

Dealer: South
Vulnerable: Both
North
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♠ K Q 10 9 5
♥532
♦9
♣K765
West
♠A7643
♥ A 10 6
♦QJ5
♣32

East
♠J8
♥94
♦AK6432
♣ 10 9 4

South
♠2
♥KQJ87
♦ 10 8 7
♣AQJ8
South
1♥
3♦

West
Pass
Pass

North
2♥
4♥

East
Pass
All Pass

Opening lead: ♦ Q
Lewis Carroll wrote, “If you
don’t know where you are going,
any road will take you there.”
Some bridge players are like
that. They don’t know how they are
going to make or break a contract,
so they just pull cards and hope that
they get home. But more often than
not, they will run out of fuel first.
On other deals, partner suddenly steers down a road that looks
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closed. But if you trust him, follow
him -- with luck, he knows something that hasn’t crossed your mind.
This deal occurred during the
1975 European Championships, in
the open match between Belgium
and Greece. How did East-West
defeat four hearts?
North’s hand looks good for a
single raise, and advocates of the
Losing Trick Count will note that the
hand has only seven losers, which
is the normal number for a gameforcing raise! North should have
invited game. But when South, with
a six-loser hand, made a help-suit
game-try in diamonds, North happily
jumped to game.
West, George Roussos, led
the diamond queen; East, Hercules
Matrangas, overtook with his
king and returned the spade jack.
Thinking his partner had switched to
a singleton, West won with the ace
and played back a spade.
When East didn’t ruff, declarer
probably felt happy, but that joy
didn’t last. When he played a trump
to his jack, West won with the ace
and led another spade. East’s ruff
with the heart nine effected an
uppercut, promoting West’s heart 10
as the setting trick.
West could have also defeated
the game with an unlikely opening
club lead. The curious may work it
out.
Tues., 7/28

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