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Bridge

♠
♥
♦
♣

By Phillip Alder

if you get help, take advantage

Dealer: South
Vulnerable: East-West

North
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♠ A 10 3
♥ 10 9
♦ 10 5 4
♣AJ965
West
♠ -♥KQ762
♦Q8732
♣743

East
♠85
♥AJ83
♦KJ9
♣ K Q 10 8

South
♠KQJ97642
♥54
♦A6
♣2
South
4♠
Pass

West
Pass
5♥

North
Pass
5♠

East
Dbl.
All Pass

Opening lead: ♥ K
Henry Carey, who was a
cousin of Queen Elizabeth I, wrote,
“Confound their (something),
Frustrate their knavish tricks.”
Confound their what?
When an opponent makes a
mistake at the bridge table, it is
frustrating if you fail to take advantage. In today’s deal, South finished
in five spades. After the heart-king
lead and a heart to the ace, East
shifted to the diamond jack. He was
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hoping that South had queen-third
and West ace-fourth. How should
South have proceeded?
West, despite the unfavorable
vulnerability, was tempted to bid
six diamonds on the third round.
Theoretically, though, pass was
right because six hearts doubled
could have cost 500, making it more
expensive than five spades making.
East’s diamond-jack lead at
trick three was ill-conceived. To
defeat five spades, East had to shift
to a trump, removing a key dummy
entry before the club jack was
established.
South won with his diamond
ace, played a club to dummy’s ace,
ruffed a club with the spade two,
led a trump to dummy’s 10, ruffed
another club, played a spade to
dummy’s ace and ruffed a third
club. The club jack was high, but
South couldn’t get into the dummy.
If only he had ruffed all three clubs
with high spades, at trick 10 he
could have led the spade two to
dummy’s three and discarded his
diamond loser on the club jack. As
it was, South had to concede down
one.
Carey wrote, “Confound their
politics, Frustrate their knavish
tricks.” How enjoyable it would be
to confound any government’s politics. Almost as much fun as winning
a knavish trick at the bridge table!

Wed., 7/21

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