Details for CITIZEN PROMOS/FILLERS - Ad from 2019-10-22

Bridge By Phillip Alder
♠

♥
♦
♣

keep your winners safe and sound

Dealer: North
Vulnerable: East-West
North
10-22-19
♠3
♥AKQ
♦63
♣KJ87642
West
♠87652
♥ J 10 7 4
♦2
♣953

East
♠4
♥962
♦ A Q J 10 9 8
♣ A Q 10

South
♠ A K Q J 10 9
♥853
♦K754
♣ -South

West

1♠
4♠

Pass
Pass

North
1♣
2♣
Pass

East
1♦
2♦
Pass

Opening lead: ♦ 2
In the 1890s, H.G. Wells made
a prediction about air travel. After
mentioning some early pioneers, he
added that he “will be inclined to
believe that long before the year A.D.
2000, and very probably before 1950,
a successful aeroplane will have
soared and come home safe and
sound.”
COPYRIGHT: 2019, UNITED FEATURE SYNDICATE

An excellent prediction! Now,
how should South play in four spades
to bring home his contract safe and
sound? West leads the diamond two
to his partner’s ace, and East returns
the diamond eight.
The bidding did not reach the
best contract. Maybe South should
have rebid three no-trump.
Still, South cannot worry about
that now. What losers does he have?
There seem to be only three in diamonds. How about winners? Again,
at first glance, there are no worries:
declarer has six spades, three hearts
and the diamond king. What might go
wrong?
South should read West’s lead.
Given East’s having bid diamonds
twice, West’s diamond two must be
a singleton. So, if declarer covers
East’s diamond eight with his king,
West will ruff. Then South will have
only nine winners. Yes, he might get
lucky and ruff down a singleton or
doubleton club ace, but why take the
risk?
At trick two, South should play a
low diamond, not the king. And when
East continues with a third diamond,
he must play low again. Then West
will have to ruff to stop declarer from
trumping on the board.
West will shift to a club, but
declarer can ruff, draw trumps and
claim those 10 winners.

Tues., 10/22

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