Details for bridge - 8-19-2019

BRIDGE

From where
are the
tricks coming?
By Phillip Alder

Mort Walker, the cartoonist
behind “Beetle Bailey,” wrote, “It’s
not true that nice guys finish last.
Nice guys are winners before the
game even starts.”
In a bridge deal, there will be
13 winners, the cards that take
each trick. Of course, unless the
contract is a grand slam, neither
side is aiming to win them all,
just the number to make or break
the contract.
It is easier for declarer
because he can see his whole army, but he has to aim higher than
his opponents. Each defender should ask himself from where the
necessary winners may come. In this deal, how should the play
proceed after West leads a top-of-nothing diamond nine against four
spades?
South might have rebid three no-trump, which presumably North
would have passed. The only way to defeat that contract is for West
to lead a club. Then East must take the trick with his queen and shift
to a heart, all of which would be most unlikely to happen.
Against four spades, East, after taking the first trick with his
diamond ace, contemplated shifting to the club king, which would
have facilitated the defense here. But he was worried that it might
cost a trick if South had three clubs. So East returned the heart
seven, another top of nothing.
Now West was in a quandary. Did East start with only two hearts?
If so, continuing the suit would work. But if South had four hearts,
maybe he would have rebid three hearts. Judging correctly, West
shifted to the club eight, a third top of nothing. Now the defenders
had to take two hearts, one diamond and one club.
© 2019 UFS, Dist. by Andrews McMeel for UFS

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