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Bridge By Phillip Alder
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♥
♦
♣

When you push, look for luck

Dealer: South
Vulnerable: Both
North
♠KQ5
♥AKQ72
♦A43
♣64
West
♠ 10 6 3
♥ 10 8 4 3
♦ J 10 8
♣KQJ

02-14-20

East
♠8742
♥J965
♦Q2
♣ 10 9 2

South
♠AJ9
♥ -♦K9765
♣A8753
South
1♦
2♣
3♣
3♠
5♦
6♦

West
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass

North
1♥
2♠
3♦
4 NT
5♥
Pass

East
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass

Opening lead: ♣ K
John Hay, who was the
Secretary of State from 1898 to 1905,
said, “True luck consists not in holding the best of the cards at the table;
luckiest is he who knows just when
to rise and go home.”
If you are playing bridge for
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money and the cards are not running
your way, do not play on, thinking
that your luck must turn. Go home. In
contrast, if the cards are going your
way, cancel all appointments and
play on.
Sometimes momentum just carries the bidding higher and higher. If
you end potentially out of your depth,
hope that you get lucky. Look for a
distribution that will allow you to succeed.
In today’s deal, how should
South play in six diamonds after West
leads the club king?
The auction was exhausting. North’s two-spade rebid was
fourth-suit game-forcing. He then
set diamonds as trumps before using
Roman Key Card Blackwood to learn
that South had three key cards (five
diamonds) but no trump queen (six
diamonds).
South saw immediately that he
needed trumps to split 3-2. But he
also had to discard all four of his club
losers before a defender could ruff in
and cash a club. That required finding
hearts 4-4.
The play went: club to the ace,
diamond king, diamond to the ace,
three top hearts (discarding clubs),
heart ruff, spade to the board and
pitch the last club on the high heart
seven.
Lucky -- finding both a 3-2
break and a 4-4 split will happen only
22.2% of the time.
Fri., 2/14

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