Details for bridge 3-7-2018


from nothing
By Phillip Alder

Claude Bernard, a 19th-century
French physiologist, said, “A fact
in itself is nothing. It is valuable
only for the idea attached to it, or
for the proof that it furnishes.”
At the bridge table, a fact in
itself is always something, but it
will prove valuable only if it helps
a player to find the right bid or
play. In today’s deal, East has a
chance to get something from
what originally looks like nothing
with a timely assist from West. What happens after West leads the
diamond jack against three spades?
The best North-South result would come from two diamonds
doubled, which would go down two — but that is very hard to attain.
Even if South passes over two diamonds, and North makes a
balancing takeout double, it would be tough — but not impossible —
for South to pass.
Against three spades, East wins with his diamond king and cashes
the diamond ace to see West discard. Then East leads the diamond
four as a suit-preference signal for clubs. West, being observant and
well-trained, ruffs and returns the club nine, his highest card in the suit
denying an honor there. What does East do after winning that trick with
his club ace?
By checking the high-card points, East should realize that South
has the heart ace. As this means that the defenders have taken all
possible side-suit tricks, it is time to chase a second trump winner.
East should lead another diamond and hope that West can and
does ruff with the spade queen. When dummy overruffs, a trump trick
has been promoted for East.
© 2018 UFS, Dist. by Andrews McMeel for UFS


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