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Bridge

♠
♥
♦
♣

By Phillip Alder

do not paint a complete picture

Dealer: North
Vulnerable: Both

North
♠J752
♥62
♦A83
♣ A J 10 6
West
♠ Q 10 4
♥KQ8
♦J9642
♣Q7

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East
♠3
♥J743
♦ K 10 5
♣K9542

South
♠AK986
♥ A 10 9 5
♦Q7
♣83
South

West

1♠
2♥

Pass
Pass

North
Pass
2♣
4♠

East
Pass
Pass
All Pass

Opening lead: ♦ 4
In general, when you know the
right final contract, bid it immediately. Don’t beat around the bush,
because interim bidding may give
vital information to the defenders
-- as happened in today’s deal. The
trouble comes when you are not
sure where to head.
North’s two-club response as a
passed hand was the Drury convenCOPYRIGHT: 2021, UNITED FEATURE SYNDICATE

tion showing a maximum pass with
at least three spades. Now South
was in a quandary. If North had four
or more hearts, that strain would
probably be preferable to spades;
however, South’s two-heart rebid
gave East a key piece of information.
Against four spades, West led a
low diamond, and East won the first
trick with his king. What did East do
next?
East hoped that South had only
nine major-suit cards; as he had
ducked the first trick, he clearly
had at least two diamonds. Perhaps
he was 5=4=2=2. So East bravely
shifted immediately to a low club,
West’s queen forcing out dummy’s
ace. Now South had to lose a trick
in each suit.
This was a good result for
East-West, but it wasn’t as great
as they had anticipated. At other
tables, where East returned a heart
or a diamond at trick two, some
declarers immediately drew two
rounds of trumps. Then, when West
gained the lead in hearts, he cashed
the spade queen, leaving dummy
with one trump for two heart losers,
and declarer with only nine tricks.
The right approach was to duck
a heart as quickly as possible. South
had to arrange to cash the diamond
queen, discard the club eight on the
diamond ace, cash the top trumps
and crossruff home.
Fri., 10/8

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