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Bridge By Phillip Alder
♠

♥
♦
♣

one piece of data influences the play

Dealer: South
Vulnerable: North-South
North
♠8743
♥ J 10 9
♦AQJ
♣AQ6
West
♠K
♥8643
♦ 10 9 8 6
♣7532

11-12-19

East
♠ J 10 9
♥K752
♦532
♣ 10 9 4

South
♠AQ652
HEARTS A Q
♦K74
♣KJ8
South
1♠
4 NT
6♠

West
Pass
Pass
Pass

North
2 NT
5♥
Pass

East
Pass
Pass
Pass

Opening lead: ♦ 10
James Allen, who was an
English philosophy and self-help
author, wrote, “The more tranquil
a man becomes, the greater is his
success, his influence, his power for
good. Calmness of mind is one of the
beautiful jewels of wisdom.”
At the bridge table, staying
calm is much better than getting in
a lather. But you also need to think
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straight and act accordingly, not just
do the first thing that comes into your
mind.
In today’s deal, for example,
how should South play in six spades
after West leads a diamond?
North’s two-no-trump response
was the Jacoby Forcing Raise: four or
more spades and at least game-going
strength. South employed Roman
Key Card Blackwood to learn that his
partner had either one ace and the
trump king or two aces.
There is a potential heart loser
and a problem in the trump suit. If
you have no heart loser, you have a
safety play in trumps. (What is that?)
If you have heart loser, though, you
must play the trumps for no loser.
(How?)
Since the heart suit influences
the trump suit, declarer should test
it first. After winning trick one on the
board, declarer should immediately
play a heart to his queen.
Here, the finesse wins, so South
can afford one spade loser, but not
two. The right play is to cash the
spade ace. If nothing good happens,
declarer plays a card to the dummy
and leads a spade toward his queen.
However, when the singleton king
drops, he is home.
If the heart finesse had lost,
South would have taken the spade
finesse, hoping that East had kingdoubleton.
Tues., 11/12

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