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Bridge

♠
♥
♦
♣

By Phillip Alder

from where does trick five come from?
Dealer: West
Vulnerable: North-South
North
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♠A643
♥QJ642
♦K4
♣93
West
♠Q95
♥K5
♦Q862
♣AKJ6

East
♠ -♥A983
♦J9753
♣ Q 10 7 2
South
♠ K J 10 8 7 2
♥ 10 7
♦ A 10
♣854

South
2♣
2♠

West
1 NT
Pass
Pass

North
Pass
2♦
3♠

East
Pass
Pass
All Pass

Opening lead: ♣ A
George Miller, an Australian
best known for the “Mad Max”
movie franchise, said, “The trouble
with eating Italian food is that five or
six days later you’re hungry again.”
So true! At the bridge table, if
you are defending against a threelevel contract, you get hungry when
you have four tricks in, wondering
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winner-- will come.
On today’s deal, South was
in three spades. After West led the
club ace, how did the defenders
collect five tricks?
When an opponent opens
one no-trump, in second seat, use
Meckwell; in fourth chair after
two passes, Cappelletti. Here, two
clubs announced a one-suiter, two
diamonds asked, and two spades
told. Maybe North should have
passed, but one can understand his
game-try.
West led the club ace, under
which East signaled enthusiastically
with his 10. What happened next?
West could anticipate his
partner holding one red-suit ace -but which one? Leaving his partner
in charge, West continued with his
low club. East asked himself why
West wanted him on lead.
It couldn’t be to shift to
diamonds. If West had that ace,
he would have either cashed it or
underled it. So he must have the
heart king. East shifted to the heart
three (low with an honor). West
won with the king and returned the
suit. Now East made the key play
of another heart, which promoted a
trump trick for West. If South ruffed
low, West would overruff. Or if
South trumped with his spade king,
West would discard and eventually
get a spade winner, the fifth for the
defense.
Fri., 7/16

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