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Bridge

♠
♥
♦
♣

By Phillip Alder

the split is bad, but don't give up

Dealer: North
Vulnerable: Both

North
♠AK5
♥AK94
♦ 10 9 5
♣ K 10 8
West
♠ -♥ Q J 10 7 3
♦J83
♣A9652

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East
♠J9863
♥82
♦Q76
♣J43

South
♠ Q 10 7 4 2
♥65
♦AK42
♣Q7
South

West

1♠
2♣
2 NT
3♠

Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass

North
1♣
1 NT
2♦
3♣
4♠

East
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
All Pass

Opening lead: ♥ Q
Michael Friedman, a philosopher, said, “The scientific name for
an animal that doesn’t either run
from or fight its enemies is ‘lunch.’”
The scientific name for a
bridge player who doesn’t fight
when the splits are bad is “loser.”
Here is another deal featuring
Eric Greco, who was the American
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Contract Bridge League’s Player of
the Year in 2018. These two deals
were drawn to my attention by
Steve Conrad of Manhasset, Long
Island.
Greco (South) was the declarer
in four spades. He took the first trick
with dummy’s heart ace and cashed
the spade ace, raising one eyebrow
a millimeter when West discarded a
club. How did Greco continue?
The auction was artificial.
North’s first four bids asked questions. In turn, South showed at least
five spades and 8 points or more,
8-11 points, either 5-4-2-2 or 5-3-32 shape, and exactly 5=2=4=2.
Outside trumps, declarer had
two hearts, two diamonds and one
club. So, he needed five spade
tricks.
After a club to his queen and
West’s ace, South took the club
return with dummy’s king and ruffed
the club 10 in his hand -- trump
trick No. 2. Declarer cashed his
diamond ace, played a heart to the
king, led a diamond to his king (East
playing his queen) and exited with a
diamond.
West led the heart jack, East
ruffing with the spade eight and
South overruffing with his 10 -spade trick No. 3. The diamond two
was ruffed with dummy’s spade
king -- trump trick No. 4 -- and
South still had the spade queen to
come as spade trick No.5. A knockout!
Wed., 11/18

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