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Bridge

♠
♥
♦
♣

By Phillip Alder

there is a time for discussion

Dealer: West
Vulnerable: Neither

North
♠AKQJ
♥ J 10 8 3
♦A862
♣9
West
♠ 10 7 6 3
♥AQ54
♦4
♣AJ62

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East
♠54
♥976
♦J973
♣8754

South
♠982
♥K2
♦ K Q 10 5
♣ K Q 10 3
South
2♣
3♦
5♦

West
1♣
Pass
Pass
Pass

North
Dbl.
2♥
4♦
Pass

East
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass

Opening lead: ♠ 3
The bidding has finished. You
are declarer. The opening lead is
made, and partner puts his dummy
down. Immediately, you see that you
are in the wrong contract. What do
you do?
Right -- it is too late to worry
about that now. You can discuss the
sequence with partner after the sesCOPYRIGHT: 2021, UNITED FEATURE SYNDICATE

sion. For now, concentrate on making the necessary number of tricks.
Moving on, how should South
try to make five diamonds in today’s
deal after West leads a low spade?
In the auction, South should
have bid three no-trump on round
one and round two. (Ideally, advancer’s strength-showing cue-bid is
made with a hand that contains at
least one four-card major.)
It is often true that if the
trumps are breaking badly, you do
better not to touch them early on.
Here, if South immediately plays a
diamond to his king, he can no longer make the contract!
The right initial move is to run
the club nine. West will win with the
jack and, probably, return another
spade. Declarer crosses to hand
with a trump and leads the club
king, ruffing away West’s ace. (If
West doesn’t cover, South discards
a heart from dummy and leads the
club queen. If West still doesn’t
cover, it is time to draw trumps.)
Now declarer cashes the diamond ace (learning about the 4-1
split), plays a trump to his 10, draws
East’s last trump and takes his four
black-suit winners, discarding the
heart two. South loses only one club
and one heart.

Thurs., 10/14

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