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Bridge By Phillip Alder


when partner pushes, find the right line

Dealer: South
Vulnerable: East-West
♥ Q 10 4
♠ K Q J 10 9
♣ Q 10 8 4

♦ 10 9 7 6

1 NT


3 NT

All Pass

Opening lead: ♠ K
Who said “The American, by
nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and a builder
who builds best when called upon to
build greatly”?
When your partner has overbid
and put you into a seemingly hopeless contract, try to find a favorable
layout of the cards so that you can
get home safely. In today’s example,
North raised one no-trump immediately to three no-trump, hoping that

his partner would have the diamond
ace and three more tricks.
Declarer thought he had nine
easy winners via one spade, six
diamonds and two clubs. But just in
case things were not so simple, he
ducked the first two spade tricks and
took the third. Then he cashed the
diamond ace and continued with the
diamond jack. West’s heart discard
was a blow.
South paused to see if he could
still take nine tricks. Then he saw
one faint chance. He needed East
to have the heart king and ace, and
either 3=4=4=2 or 3=5=4=1 distribution.
Declarer won trick five with
his diamond jack, cashed the club
ace and king, then played a heart to
dummy’s 10.
East, quietly grinding his teeth,
could do no better than play three
rounds of hearts. But South took the
last with dummy’s queen and ran the
rest of the diamonds.
The opening observation was
made by John F. Kennedy. And,
finally, did you notice the chance
that West missed? After one or two
rounds of spades, if West had shifted
to hearts, East could have played
three rounds of the suit to remove the
dummy entry to the diamonds.

Wed., 9/11


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