Details for bridge - 9-9-2019

BRIDGE

Both sides
play to the
maximum

By Phillip Alder
Les Brown, a motivational
speaker, said, “Just because
Fate doesn’t deal you the right
cards, it doesn’t mean you
should give up. It just means
you have to play the cards you
get to their maximum potential.”
Teach that man to play bridge!
Arguably the best deals are
those in which both sides make
the maximum plays. In today’s
deal, what should happen in
four hearts after West leads the
club king?
The auction was straightforward. West’s hand was too weak
for a takeout double, North had a textbook game-invitational limit
raise, and South went on to game.
East hoped that his partner had four or fewer clubs. At trick
one, he overtook with his club ace; then he shifted to the diamond
two.
South had no difficulty in diagnosing this as a singleton. He
also decided that it was most unlikely East would be adopting this
line of defense if he had started with only one trump. So, declarer
had to hope that East also held the heart ace; otherwise, East
was bound to get his diamond ruff, and the contract would fail.
In addition, South realized that if he immediately played a trump,
East would take the trick, play a club to his partner and receive
that ruff. How could South cut the club communications between
the defenders?
He cashed the spade ace, overtook the spade queen with
dummy’s king and continued with the spade 10. When East
covered with the jack, declarer discarded his remaining club, so
he lost only one spade, one heart and one club. Well played South
and East!
© 2019 UFS, Dist. by Andrews McMeel for UFS

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