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Bridge

♠
♥
♦
♣

By Phillip Alder

superman would be a tough opponent

Dealer: East
Vulnerable: North-South

North
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♠ A 10 7 4
♥J5
♦Q8
♣K9864
West
♠Q965
♥8
♦ 10 9 7 5 3 2
♣Q3

East
♠J83
♥ A Q 10 7 6 3
♦J4
♣AJ

South
♠K2
♥K942
♦AK6
♣ 10 7 5 2
South

West

North

Pass
3 NT

Pass
Pass

Dbl.
Pass

East
1♥
2♥
Pass

Opening lead: ♥ 8
Bridge is difficult because one
is operating with incomplete information. If only one had Superman’s
X-ray vision, it would be much
easier.
In today’s deal, West had the
key play to make. Defending against
three no-trump, he led his singleton
heart. South took East’s 10 with the
king and played a low club. How
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should West have analyzed the
defense?
When one heart came around
to North, he had unenviable choices.
He did not like the timidity or finality
of pass. One no-trump suffered from
two flaws: no heart stopper and
insufficient points. His actual double
ran the risk of ending in a 4-2 diamond fit. South might have doubled
two hearts for penalty (and collected
300 with careful defense), but he
decided to try for a vulnerable game
bonus.
West led his heart, and East
played the 10, conceding a certain
loser as quickly as possible. South
saw six top tricks: two spades,
one heart (trick one) and three diamonds. Clearly, the clubs had to be
established, but without letting East
get the lead twice: first to establish
his hearts and then to cash them.
On the low club lead at trick
two, if West had put up his queen,
declarer would have ducked in
the dummy, so West had to follow
suit with his three. Dummy’s king
was played, losing to East’s ace.
East continued with three rounds
of hearts. Now West should have
seen the importance of discarding
the club queen, which would have
defeated the contract. But he wasn’t
willing to part with his only winning
card. When West took trick six with
the club queen and East followed
suit, South claimed.
Thurs., 10/7

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