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Bridge

♠
♥
♦
♣

By Phillip Alder

did his call cause indigestion?

Dealer: West
Vulnerable: Both

North
09-04-21
♠95
♥ J 10 2
♦ A Q 10 5 4
♣K83
West
♠J762
♥AK6
♦J972
♣Q5

East
♠4
♥Q87543
♦63
♣ A J 10 9
South
♠ A K Q 10 8 3
♥9
♦K8
♣7642

South
1♠
2♠
4♠

West
Pass
Pass
3♥
Pass

North
Pass
2♦
3♠
Pass

East
Pass
2♥
Pass
Pass

Opening lead: ♥ A
You are enjoying your breakfast, drinking white tea, munching
on hot whole-grain toast and marmalade, reading the paper. Suddenly
the phone rings. You jump, then
reach for the receiver.
“Good morning.”
“Hi.” You recognize the voice
of your uncle. He knows you have
had some success at the game, but
he secretly thinks that he plays betCOPYRIGHT: 2021, UNITED FEATURE SYNDICATE

ter than you. He calls only when he
has a tough problem to set you.
While your tea and toast go
cold, you write down the NorthSouth cards in today’s diagram.
Before you can protest about the
bidding, your uncle tells you that
West leads the heart ace, then the
heart king. You ruff and cash two
top trumps, East discarding the club
jack on the second.
“How would you continue,
Nephew?”
At least you have a chance to
return to your breakfast while you
think. Clearly East has the club ace;
otherwise, West would have opened
the bidding. You have two majorsuit losers and must avoid two club
losers. This requires discarding
three of your clubs on dummy’s
diamonds before West can ruff in
with the spade jack and lead a club
through dummy’s king.
There is only one way to do
that: Assume West has four diamonds.
“Right, Uncle, I cash the spade
queen and diamond king. Then I
lead the diamond eight and finesse
dummy’s 10.”
Immediately the line goes
dead. Now you know that the 10
wins, allowing you to cash the diamond ace-queen, discarding clubs
while West has to follow suit impotently. West ruffs the diamond five,
but you have discarded your penultimate club loser. Contract made.
Sat., 9/4

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