Details for CITIZEN PROMOS/FILLERS - Ad from 2020-03-26

Bridge By Phillip Alder
♠

♥
♦
♣

different Leads; different resuLts

Dealer: South
Vulnerable: Both

North
♠7643
♥AK5
♦KQ8
♣652
West
♠ Q J 10 9 8
♥982
♦ 10 6 3
♣A8

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East
♠52
♥ J 10 6 3
♦J974
♣ K 10 9

South
♠AK
♥Q74
♦A52
♣QJ743
South
1 NT

West
Pass

North
3 NT

East
All Pass

Opening lead: ♠ Q
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote,
“The louder he talked of his honor,
the faster we counted our spoons.”
For a bridge player, the more
often he plays his honor cards, the
more winning tricks he can count.
When I am teaching inexperienced players about signaling on
defense, the first class is usually
about playing spot cards -- highlow to encourage and low-high to
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discourage. But the next week I
encourage playing honor cards whenever possible. Even the sleepiest of
partners will notice an honor card
appearing unexpectedly on the table.
There are several reasons for
putting up an honor card when you
could have played a spot card. This
three-no-trump deal features one of
the rarest. What was the key honor
play after West led the spade queen
to South’s king?
Declarer had eight top tricks:
two spades, three hearts and three
diamonds. He had to establish a club
trick. He was in danger only if West
had five spades and a high club after
both of South’s spade honors had
been removed.
To try to make it hard for the
opponents if the club honors were
split, declarer played a heart to the
king and called for a club.
Luckily for the defenders, East
knew that one time to play second
hand high is when a defender has
one card left in partner’s long suit,
and declarer still has a stopper in
that suit. Here, East played his club
king.
When East held the trick, he
returned his second spade, establishing his partner’s suit while West still
had the club ace as an entry.

Thurs., 3/26

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