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Bridge By Phillip Alder
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♥
♦
♣

the best advice is to concentrate

Dealer: South
Vulnerable: Both
North
♠J642
♥Q93
♦A76
♣ Q 10 5
West
♠A973
♥875
♦Q92
♣AK7

11-27-19

East
♠ Q 10 5
♥ J 10 4 2
♦ 10 5
♣9842
South
♠K8
♥AK6
♦KJ843
♣J63

South
1 NT
2♦

West
Pass
Pass

North
2♣
2 NT

East
Pass
All Pass

Opening lead: ♠ 3
Frank Stewart has written several books and a lot of newspaper
columns. One of the former is “Keys
to Winning Bridge” (Baron Barclay
Bridge Supplies). It is subtitled “The
Advancing Player’s Handbook for
Success.”
Stewart covers all three sectors
of the game, in order: declarer-play,
defense and bidding. The book ends
with two short chapters on winning
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attitudes and maintaining focus. The
prologue states: “The level of instruction varies. Some ... is elementary ...
some ... more advanced ... Although
my aim is to build a sound foundation, I also want to give any reader
who can excel the opportunity to do
so.”
This deal is instructive. South
was in two no-trump. West led the
spade three: two, 10, king. Declarer
played a diamond to the ace and
returned to a diamond to his jack.
West took that with his queen and
found the excellent continuation of
the spade nine. When that held the
trick, West led his spade seven to his
partner’s queen. Now, though, East
shifted to a heart, not to a club, so
the contract made instead of going
down one. Who was to blame?
North had to go via Stayman to
invite game because an immediate
two-no-trump response would have
been a transfer to diamonds.
At first glance, it seems that
East erred, but as Stewart points
out (he was East), West was so
happy with his spade-nine play that
he stopped thinking. At trick five,
West should have cashed the club
king, king from ace-king after trick
one. Then East could not have gone
wrong.

Wed., 11/27

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