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Bridge By Phillip Alder
♠

♥
♦
♣

the dangers in a teaching deal

Dealer: South
Vulnerable: East-West

North
♠ Q J 10 9
♥764
♦73
♣AKJ2
West
♠K5
♥A853
♦KQ984
♣84

03-20-20

East
♠2
♥ Q J 10 9
♦ J 10 5 2
♣7653

South
♠A87643
♥K2
♦A6
♣ Q 10 9
South
1♠
4♠

West
2♦
Pass

North
3♠
Pass

East
Pass
Pass

Opening lead: ♦ K
Teaching inexperienced bridge
players is a haphazard occupation.
It is good to see their progress, but
they are extraordinary at finding
strange twists in deals that look so
straightforward to the more experienced eye.
I received an unexpected surprise from this deal.
In the auction, despite West’s
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overcall, North’s three-spade
response was a game-invitational
limit raise. South plowed on to game.
West leads the diamond king.
The first point is that East should play
the jack. Unless this is from shortage,
it guarantees holding the 10 as well.
True, here there is some chance of
East’s having a singleton or doubleton diamond, but it’s not likely.
Declarer, wishing to avoid a
heart lead from East, should duck
his ace. South wins the diamond
continuation, enters dummy with a
club and takes a spade finesse. In
a moment, he draws the last trump,
discards a heart loser on the fourth
club and makes his game.
If South wins trick one with the
diamond ace, he should go down.
When West gets in with the spade
king, he underleads his diamond
queen to East’s 10. Now the heart
queen through declarer generates
four tricks for the defense.
Both these possibilities occurred
in my class. However, at one table
South introduced a variation I hadn’t
considered. After winning trick one
with the diamond ace, she led a low
spade from hand.
West, thinking his partner must
have the spade ace, played low.
Suddenly no spade loser, suddenly an
overtrick! Out of the hands ...

Fri., 3/20

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