Details for bridge - 9-17-2019


Deals are
easier away
from the table
By Phillip Alder

Leonardo da Vinci said, “Study
without desire spoils the memory,
and it retains nothing that it takes
Fair enough. Some bridge deals
are much easier to study in the
quiet of your study at home. When
in the heat of battle, unable to see
all 52 cards, finding the best plays
can be difficult.
In today’s deal, for example, what
happens in four spades doubled if
all the cards are visible?
This deal occurred in New Zealand nearly 50 years ago during a match
between Auckland and Canterbury.
As seen in yesterday’s column, at the first table West made four
hearts doubled after South had opened three spades. North, assuming
his partner had the spade ace, never led diamonds. So West took seven
hearts and three spades.
In the given auction, West’s four-club opening was Namyats, showing
a strong four-heart opening. (I think his hand was a winner too strong. I
would not have held one of the aces.) North’s double showed clubs. (Four
hearts would have been equivalent to a takeout double.) Then, when South
advanced with four spades, East happily doubled.
West led the heart ace. South ruffed and played the spade jack. Then,
whatever the defenders tried, they could take only three trump tricks. The
board resulted in a double doubled game swing worth 17 international
match points to Canterbury.
To defeat four spades, West must lead his club, win the first trump with
his ace and play a heart. East ruffs high and returns a club for West to
ruff. Easy peasy from the comfort of your armchair!
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