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BRIDGE

Winning might
be a two-stage
process

By Phillip Alder
Wayne Dyer, a self-help author
and motivational speaker, said,
“When you dance, your object is
not to get to a certain place on
the floor. It’s to enjoy each step
along the way.”
When you play bridge, you
know where you wish to reach —
the number of tricks you need to
make or break the contract. If you
succeed, you will enjoy yourself.
How should East and West end
this deal happily by defeating four
spades?
The auction was straightforward. South had a minimum for his
two-spade response. His six-card suit was good, but the singleton
diamond and low tripleton in clubs were minuses. North jumped to
four spades, knowing that they had the values for game and at least
an eight-card spade fit (South would have made a negative double
with only four spades).
The defense started with a few simple steps. West led his club
three. East won with his ace and returned the club two, his lowest
card being a suit-preference signal for diamonds, the lower-ranking of
the other two side suits. West ruffed and, being a well-trained partner,
returned a diamond, which East won with his ace. But what did he do
next?
Counting the points, East knew that his partner presumably had no
honor-card. So the only chance for a fourth defensive winner lay in the
trump suit. East, remembering that when you want partner to ruff, you
should lead a loser, not a winner, continued with the club six. When
West ruffed with the spade four, it effected an uppercut. Dummy had
to overruff with the spade king, and East’s spade queen had been
promoted as a winner.
Well danced!
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