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Bridge

♠
♥
♦
♣

By Phillip Alder

is losing from one hand enough?

Dealer: South
Vulnerable: East-West

North
06-04-21
♠82
♥J3
♦QJ5432
♣532
West
♠ -♥9742
♦ 10 9 7 6
♣KQJ98

East
♠76543
♥ 10 8 6 5
♦K8
♣ 10 6

South
♠ A K Q J 10 9
♥AKQ
♦A
♣A74
South
2♣
2♠
6♠

West
Pass
Pass
Pass

North
2♦
3♦
Pass

East
Pass
Pass
Pass

Opening lead: ♣ K
Elie Wiesel, who wrote so
compellingly about the Holocaust,
said in an interview, “Writing is not
like painting where you add. It is
not what you put on the canvas that
the reader sees. Writing is more
like a sculpture where you remove,
you eliminate in order to make the
work visible. Even those pages you
remove somehow remain.”
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It might be useless removing a
loser from the dummy if you remain
with a loser in your hand. In this
deal, how should South try to make
six spades after West leads the club
king?
South, after starting with a
strong, artificial two clubs and
receiving a negative reply, might
have jumped to three spades, guaranteeing a solid suit. But if North
had, say, jack-sixth of hearts, that
could have been the best trump suit.
After North showed diamond length
and some 4-7 points, South bid
what he hoped he could make.
South had 11 winners and two
club losers. But as dummy luckily
had only two hearts, declarer’s plan
was to discard one of dummy’s
club losers on the third heart, then
to ruff his last club on the board.
So, declarer won the first trick with
the club ace (though he could have
ducked here), cashed those three
heart tricks, discarding a club from
the dummy, and conceded a club
trick. South won the next trick and
ruffed his last club with dummy’s
spade eight, so there was no risk of
an overruff by East.
After drawing trumps and
claiming, declarer thanked his partner for having the spade eight and
West for not having a trump to lead
at trick on

Fri., 6/4

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