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Bridge

♠
♥
♦
♣

By Phillip Alder

Tell your parTner abouT The declarer

Dealer: South
Vulnerable: Both

North
♠532
♥KJ7
♦ 10 9 7 5
♣A75
West
♠984
♥A4
♦A32
♣KJ962

06-11-21

East
♠ K J 10 7
♥9865
♦64
♣843

South
♠AQ6
♥ Q 10 3 2
♦KQJ8
♣ Q 10
South
1 NT
3 NT

West
Pass
Pass

North
2 NT
Pass

East
Pass
Pass

Opening lead: ♣ 6
If you watch a World War II
movie, you may hear someone say
that they operate on a need-to-know
basis. In particular, spies were told
only the minimum to do their job
in case they were captured. Then,
under torture, they couldn’t jeopardize the whole network.
When defending at the bridge
table, it is similar. It doesn’t matter
which signaling method you use
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-- the traditional high to encourage or the more high-tech low to
encourage. It is most important that
you give partner the information he
needs to know.
In today’s deal, North-South
bid aggressively to three no-trump.
West led the club six: seven, eight,
10. Declarer continued with the
diamond king. After winning with
the ace, West switched to the spade
nine. However, declarer won with
his ace over East’s king and drove
out the heart ace, establishing 10
tricks.
“Why didn’t you continue with
the club king at trick three, partner?” asked East. “If declarer had
three clubs, he was surely home as
I was unlikely to have an entry.”
“But you told me you had
only two clubs,” replied West. “As
your cards were irrelevant to the
outcome of the club suit, you should
have given me a count signal at
trick one, playing the three, not the
eight. Then I would have known
what to do. After you played the
eight, my only chance seemed to
be that you had the spade ace,
instead of the king-jack, as an entry
for a club return through declarer’s
remaining queen-ex.”
Third hand gives count at trick
one when his highest card is below
the nine.

Fri., 6/11

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