Details for bridge 2-7-2018

BRIDGE

The hairdresser
knew what to
do

By Phillip Alder
Phyllis Diller quipped, “It’s
an ill wind that blows when you
leave the hairdresser.” That’s
similar to the sudden rainstorm
after you have washed your car.
There is one card-play
technique that a hairdresser
should find easy to spot, but is
harder for the rest of us. What is
that play, and how does it arise
in today’s deal?
East’s two-no-trump overcall
showed at least 5-5 in the minors. (Some pairs treat it as any two
suits; others prefer it to be natural, despite the danger of being at
such a high level.)
South rebid three hearts as a game-try, which North was happy to
accept with his helpful heart honor and side-suit ace.
South saw 10 top tricks: five spades, four hearts and one club.
However, after winning trick one with dummy’s club ace and drawing
two rounds of trumps, East’s diamond discard was a blow.
Now South ran his heart winners, discarding a club loser from
the board. What did he do next?
Declarer exited with a club, planning to ruff the third round on
the board. However, East took that trick and led a club, which West
ruffed with the spade eight. Then a diamond to East’s queen and
another club promoted West’s spade jack — down one.
Instead of playing a club at trick eight, South should have led his
diamond. East could have won, cashed a club and led another club,
which West could have ruffed, but declarer would have lost only one
spade, one diamond and one club.
This is called a scissors coup because it cuts the defensive
communications and stops the trump promotion.
© 2018 UFS, Dist. by Andrews McMeel for UFS

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