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Bridge

♠
♥
♦
♣

By Phillip Alder

smell a game, bid that game

Dealer: South
Vulnerable: Neither

North
♠ Q 10 2
♥8
♦AKJ95
♣8754
West
♠86543
♥A9
♦ 10 7 3 2
♣KJ

09-30-21

East
♠KJ7
♥ Q J 10 7 6 5 3
♦Q4
♣Q

South
♠A9
♥K42
♦86
♣ A 10 9 6 3 2
South
??

West
1♣

North
1♦

East
Dbl.

Opening lead: ♥ A
H.L. Mencken, who was
a scholar of American English,
claimed that an idealist is one who,
on noticing that a rose smells better
than a cabbage, concludes that it
will also make better soup.
At the bridge table, when you
smell a game, you should bid that
game and hope that making it is
duck soup.
Look at today’s North hand.
South opens one club, West passes,
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North responds one diamond, East
intervenes with one heart, South
rebids two clubs, and West passes
once more. What should North
rebid?
This situation faced six players
at Bridge Base Online. Two with
a malfunctioning olfactory organ
passed; three raised with a slight
sniff to three clubs. One player
noticed the strong aroma of game
and leapt straight to five clubs!
West led the heart ace and
shifted to the spade eight. South
took the trick with his ace, played a
diamond to dummy’s king, returned
to the club ace and led another
diamond. Declarer anticipated that
West would be longer in diamonds
than East, but even if West had
queen-fourth, the contract still had
chances. So, South put up dummy’s
ace and was happy to see the queen
appear. The spade nine disappeared
on the diamond jack, and declarer
conceded just two tricks. This was a
top because they were the only pair
in game.
If West had had queen-fourth
of diamonds, declarer would have
needed him to have only one club.
Then, after ruffing out the diamond
queen, South could have trumped
his heart king on the board and
discarded his spade loser on the
diamond jack.
Finally, note that three notrump would also make here.
Thurs., 9/30

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