Details for CITIZEN PROMOS/FILLERS - Ad from 2020-09-26

Bridge

♠
♥
♦
♣

By Phillip Alder

The Play ThaT is only in newsPaPers

Dealer: South
Vulnerable: Both
North
♠AQ9
♥762
♦K73
♣8542
West
♠ 10 3
♥ A 10 8 4 3
♦ 10 6 5 2
♣Q6

09-26-20

East
♠J8654
♥K5
♦J984
♣A3

South
♠K72
♥QJ9
♦AQ
♣ K J 10 9 7
South
1 NT
3 NT

West
Pass
Pass

North
2 NT
Pass

East
Pass
Pass

Opening lead: ♥ 4
Bill Tammeus, a journalist,
wrote, “Oil prices have fallen lately.
We include this news for the benefit
of gas stations, which otherwise
wouldn’t learn of it for six months.”
But by then, the price was no
doubt back above where it was in
1991, when that was published.
All good newspapers carry a
bridge column! That is the most
likely place to find the defensive
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coup needed to defeat today’s
three-no-trump contract. What
happens after West leads his fourthhighest heart?
North’s game invitation showed
a balanced 9-count, or 8 points and
a five-card minor. South, adding 1
point for his five-card suit, had no
hesitation in raising.
When this deal was played
during an online duplicate, at all
tables, the play began with a heart
to the king, a heart to the ace and
a third heart to declarer’s jack, East
discarding a spade. Then the declarers, knowing that they could not
afford to let West win a trick, played
a spade to the board and returned
a club to their king. When that held
and the suit proved to be 2-2, the
Souths claimed an overtrick. What
was missed by the Easts?
They should have counted the
points. Dummy had 9, they had 9,
and South had 16 or 17. So, West
had started with 5 or 6, and he had
already produced the heart ace. If
West had only one more jack, the
contract was unbeatable. But if he
had the club queen, there was a
chance. At trick three, East should
have discarded his club ace and,
here, gotten herself or himself into
multiple newspapers worldwide.

Sat., 9/26

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