Details for Bridge;11-9-2017

BRIDGE

After side suits,
then come
trumps
By Phillip Alder

Voltaire said, “Each player
must accept the cards life
deals him or her: but once
they are in hand, he or she
alone must decide how to play
the cards in order to win the
game.”
Many people have
paraphrased that sentiment.
This week, we are looking at
the defenders taking more
trump tricks than might have
been expected at the start of
a deal.
How does the play go in this four-spade contract after
West leads the diamond king?
In Standard American, North’s sequence shows at least
game-forcing values with exactly three-card spade support.
South has nice trumps, but those diamond losers are
worrying. Using two-over-one game-force, North would rebid
two spades to send the same message. Then South might
continue with three spades to show some extra values. This
would persuade North to control-bid four clubs; South would
control-bid four hearts; and North would sign off in four
spades. The snag with this sequence, of course, is that it
telegraphs the diamond lead even if West has something like
ace-queen-third.
At trick one, East signals with an encouraging diamond
eight. West cashes the diamond queen, then leads a third
round to East’s ace. What happens next?
East should check the points. He has five, dummy holds
15, and West has produced five. That leaves 15 unaccounted
for. If West had the heart ace, he should have cashed that
winner before leading the third diamond. So, all side-suit
tricks have been taken. East should lead his last diamond,
which promotes West’s spade jack as the setting trick.
© 2017 UFS, Dist. by Andrews McMeel for UFS

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