Details for CITIZEN PROMOS/FILLERS - Ad from 2021-02-19

Bridge

♠
♥
♦
♣

By Phillip Alder

try to make partner's life easy
Dealer: South
Vulnerable: East-West
North
♠Q74
♥AJ84
♦A65
♣942
West
♠3
♥ Q 10 6 5 2
♦874
♣ A Q 10 5

02-19-21

East
♠A985
♥9
♦ J 10 3 2
♣KJ83

South
♠ K J 10 6 2
♥K73
♦KQ9
♣76
South
1♠
2♦

West
Pass
Pass

North
1 NT
3♠

East
Pass
All Pass

Opening lead: ♥ 5
Nick Cannon, a comedian,
rapper and television host, said,
“Nobody can predict the future.
You just have to give your all to the
relationship you’re in and do your
best to take care of your partner.
Communicate and give them every
last drop of love you have.”
Bridge partners also need
care and attention. Sometimes, one
player can predict the future, but his
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partner is unable to do so. Then the
defender who knows how to defeat
the contract must try to signal as
accurately as possible.
In today’s deal, how should
East-West defeat four spades after
West leads the heart five?
North responded with a forcing
one no-trump, playing two-over-one
game-force. Then, when South rebid
two diamonds (usually a four-card
or longer suit, but possibly, as here,
exactly 5=3=3=2 distribution and
12-14 points). North’s jump to three
spades showed game-invitational
strength with three-card support.
South had an easy pass.
Declarer took the first trick
with his heart king and played a
trump to dummy’s queen and East’s
ace. What happened next?
East wanted to get his partner
on lead and receive a heart ruff. But
would West be confident that his
partner was now void of hearts?
East had to introduce a piece
of deception. He did not want clubs
continued, so he shifted to the club
eight, the high card in principle
denying an honor in the suit.
West got the message. He won
with his club 10, gave partner a
heart ruff, got back in with his club
queen and delivered a second ruff
-- down one.

Fri., 2/19

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