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Bridge By Phillip Alder
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today's Milestone is nine thousand

Dealer: South
Vulnerable: North-South
North
♠ Q 10 4
♥72
♦ 10 9 6 5
♣K543
West
♠K763
♥ 10 9 5
♦K8
♣QJ72

11-30-19

East
♠J8
♥4
♦AQJ743
♣ A 10 9 8
South
♠A952
♥AKQJ863
♦2
♣6

South
1♥
4♥

West
Pass
Pass

North
Pass
Pass

East
2♦
Pass

Opening lead: ♥ 10
This column is my 9,000th! My
first byline appeared on April 1, 1991.
When I told my editor, he asked if I
was prepared to write another 9,000.
I replied that I would be happy to do
so, except that it would require my
living until almost 99 years of age.
It is possible that my wife and
I set a new world record on October
25. We played bridge against two
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Bridge Base Online robots, mostly at
41,000 feet, though to try to avoid
some turbulence, briefly we went up
to 43,000. Here is one of those deals.
Sitting South, I wondered about
opening four hearts, but decided that
could cost us a slam. After it went
one heart, pass, pass, I felt uncomfortable. But when East didn’t pass
(he might have, being so short in the
majors), I leapt to four hearts.
Since the robots do not like
leading from any suit headed by
an unsupported king, West chose a
trump. What did I do?
If West had the club ace, I needed two spade tricks; but if East had
that card, I would require three spade
winners. What is the recommended
way to play that suit?
I drew trumps and led a club
to the king. East won, cashed the
diamond ace and played another diamond, which I ruffed.
In isolation, the best play in
spades is low to the 10. If that loses
to the jack, then play low to the
nine next. Luckily, I did not have the
entries for that. I cashed the spade
ace and led another spade. Now West
made a really bad play, winning with
the king. When East followed with the
jack, I could claim.
Maybe the thin air had affected
West’s CPU.

Sat., 11/30

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