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Bridge By Phillip Alder
♠

♥
♦
♣

the more likely is more likely to work

Dealer: South
Vulnerable: East-West
North
09-20-19
♠863
♥ 10 5 3
♦Q7
♣AK852
West
♠K742
♥6
♦ J 10 6 5 3 2
♣J4

East
♠ J 10 9
♥982
♦984
♣ Q 10 9 7

South
♠AQ5
♥AKQJ74
♦AK
♣63
South
2♣
3♥
4 NT
5 NT
6♥

West
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass

North
3♣
4♥
5♦
6♦
Pass

East
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass

Opening lead: ♦ J
The American Heart Association
Cookbook recommends: “Eat before
shopping. If you go to the store hungry, you are likely to make unnecessary purchases.”
Bridge players should count
winners and losers -- not calories
-- before they start the play. In this
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deal, for example, how should South
cook up 12 tricks with hearts as
trumps? West leads the diamond
jack. South wins and cashes the
heart ace, both opponents following.
North’s three-club response
showed at least a decent five-card
suit and 8 or more points. Your five
no-trump confirmed that your side
held all of the aces and invited a
grand slam. But when North could
show only one king, you settled for
the small slam. (If you show specific
kings after five no-trump, North bids
six clubs, South settles for six hearts,
and North passes with no more
kings.)
South has 11 top tricks: one
spade, six hearts, two diamonds
and two clubs. There are two logical ways to try for an extra winner:
take the spade finesse or establish
a third trick in dummy’s club suit.
The finesse is only a 50% shot, but
playing on clubs wins whenever the
suit is splitting 3-3 or 4-2, which is
a combined 84% -- assuming that
declarer times the cooking correctly.
At trick three, South should
duck a club -- play a low club from
both hands. Suppose East wins
that trick and shifts to the spade
jack. Declarer wins with his ace,
cashes the heart king, plays a club to
dummy’s king, ruffs a club, leads a
heart to the board’s 10 and discards
his two remaining spades on the club
ace and eight. Tasty!
Fri., 9/20

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