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Bridge

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♥
♦
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By Phillip Alder

The propheTs May occasionally be righT
Dealer: South
Vulnerable: Both
North
♠ J 10 8
♥ J 10 7 2
♦Q6
♣ A 10 8 4
West
♠A653
♥863
♦9873
♣Q3

02-23-21

East
♠74
♥954
♦AKJ42
♣J96
South
♠KQ92
♥AKQ
♦ 10 5
♣K752

South
1 NT

West
Pass

North
??

East

Opening lead: ♦ 9
Publilius Syrus was a Latin
writer who was born in Turkey in 89
B.C. One of his “Sententiae” was:
“Many receive advice; few profit by
it.”
I wonder how many teachers
feel like that. None would be an
ideal number, but that would be far
too optimistic.
I teach a lot of bridge classes,
and I am particularly happy when a
deal comes along that “agrees” with
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one of my Sententiae.
Look at today’s North hand.
Your partner opens one no-trump,
showing 15-17 points. What would
you do?
One of my students responded
two clubs and rebid two no-trump
over two spades. South, with a
maximum 17 points, immediately
went on to game.
As North put down her dummy,
she said to me, “I know you recommend not looking for game when
our maximum combined count is
25, but I have three 10s as well.”
Later, I fed this hand into the
Kaplan-Rubens evaluation program
(available at rpbridge.net). It gave
a result of only 6.85 points! That
queen-doubleton was downgraded.
The defenders did well. West
led the diamond nine, top of nothing. East took dummy’s queen with
her king and cashed the jack. West
carefully unblocked the eight, and
under the diamond ace he threw the
diamond seven. Then East led the
four, swallowing West’s three. The
diamond two and club ace resulted
in three no-trump down two.
The top for North-South went
to the pair who played in one notrump. Everyone else was in three
no-trump going down one or two.
No one was allowed to make the
contract.

Tues., 2/23

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