Details for Bridge;11-10-2017

BRIDGE

Sometimes
care will be
needed
By Phillip Alder

Mark Twain said, “The right
word may be effective, but no
word was ever as effective as
a rightly timed pause.”
For a bridge player, an
effective pause at the key
moment will increase the
probability that the right card
will be played.
In today’s deal, how does
the play go in four spades
after West leads the diamond
eight?
In the auction, North’s two-heart rebid was a reverse. This
indicated extra values, usually 17-20 high-card points, and
clubs that were longer than hearts. South jumped to four
spades to show a long, strong suit and limited point-count.
North, with all of those diamond losers, passed. (Yes, South
might have bid four spades on round one. Discuss with your
partner the difference between South’s sequence here and
that immediate jump to four spades.)
When the deal was originally played, East won the first
trick with his diamond queen, cashed the diamond ace and
continued with the diamond king, which South ruffed with
the spade queen.
With no noticeable pause for thought, West overruffed
with his spade king and shifted to a club. However, declarer
won with dummy’s ace, drew trumps and claimed.
West should have considered his options at trick three.
There is a reliable guideline that unless you have a vital
shift to make, do not overruff with a card that will always
win a trick, especially when you have a lower trump that
might have been promoted.
Here, West knew that East could not have a side-suit
void. West should have discarded a club or a heart at trick
three. Then he would have taken two trump tricks.
© 2017 UFS, Dist. by Andrews McMeel for UFS

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