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Bridge

♠
♥
♦
♣

By Phillip Alder

sometime, you have to do the different

Dealer: South
Vulnerable: Both

North
♠874
♥K4
♦9854
♣J943
West
♠Q963
♥ A 10 8 6 3
♦J76
♣6

06-09-21

East
♠ J 10
♥Q72
♦ Q 10 3 2
♣K875

South
♠AK52
♥J95
♦AK
♣ A Q 10 2
South
2 NT

West
Pass

North
3 NT

East
All Pass

Opening lead: ♥ 6
It is fun when something unexpected works well. I hadn’t watched
“Jeopardy!” for years because I
was not fond of the presenter. But
now I am back to the show, and by
far my favorite guest questioneer
has been Aaron Rodgers, the Green
Bay Packers quarterback. The more
quickly he hangs up his helmet and
hosts “Jeopardy!” the better!
Today’s deal features a surprising play -- a Hail Mary. What
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should the quarterback do in three
no-trump after West leads a fourthhighest heart six?
North has just enough to
raise to three no-trump. Obviously,
it might not make, but the game
bonus is so huge that it pays to
gamble.
The run-of-the-mill declarer
will play low from the board at trick
one, to guarantee a heart trick.
However, East wins with the queen
and returns the suit, West taking
that trick and playing a third round
to declarer’s jack. South, stuck in
his hand, cannot win more than
eight tricks. An erudite East, looking at the club king, won’t play the
heart ace on dummy’s four at trick
one.
As usual, the hurry-up offense
cost another contract. Take a
timeout. Declarer must risk looking stupid -- he must immediately
punt with dummy’s heart king. If it
loses, an extra undertrick will be
conceded. But when it wins, South
can take the club finesse. However,
he mustn’t fumble. He must run the
club nine, the lowest card on the
board that can win the trick if the
finesse is working. Then declarer
continues with the club jack and a
third club. He will take two spades,
one heart, two diamonds and four
clubs -- touchdown!

Wed., 6/9

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