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Bridge By Phillip Alder
♠

♥
♦
♣

the obvious fails; what is the option?

Dealer: North
Vulnerable: Both
North
♠QJ87
♥Q4
♦A3
♣K9652
West
♠2
♥752
♦J9874
♣J843

08-13-19

East
♠63
♥ K J 10 9 6
♦ 10 5
♣ A Q 10 7

South
♠ A K 10 9 5 4
♥A83
♦KQ62
♣ -South

West

1♠
3♦
5♣
7♠

Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass

North
1♣
2♠
4♠
5♦
Pass

East
1♥
Pass
Pass
Pass
Pass

Opening lead: ♥ 2
Fran Lebowitz, who is wellknown for her sardonic wit, said,
“Even when freshly washed and
relieved of all obvious confections,
children tend to be sticky.”
Some bridge deals, even when
freshly dealt and relieved of all obvious losers, turn out to be sticky.
COPYRIGHT: 2019, UNITED FEATURE SYNDICATE

In today’s deal, how should
South play in seven spades after
West leads the heart two: queen,
king, ace?
North thought that South’s
three-diamond rebid was a help-suit
game-try, which he was happy to
accept. Five clubs was a control-bid,
expressing slam interest. Then, after
North indicated the diamond ace with
his control-bid, South jumped majestically to seven spades.
South starts with only 10 top
tricks: six spades, one heart and
three diamonds. Probably the first
reaction is to draw one round of
trumps, cash the three diamond
tricks, discarding the heart four, and
hope to ruff the heart eight, heart
three and diamond six on the board.
However, there is a second
option: establish a club trick. This
works if the suit is 4-4 or the ace
drops quickly. It fails if East’s distribution is, say, 1=5=2=5, but that is
less likely.
This is the plan: Diamond to the
ace, club ruff, spade to the board
(happy to see the 2-1 split), club
ruff, trump to the board, club ruff,
diamond king-queen (discarding a
heart from the board), ruff a heart (or
diamond), trump another club, ruff
another red-suited card and cash the
club king.
Note that the original cashthree-diamonds line fails here.
Tues., 8/13

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