2015-10-02 / Entertainment

Bridge

Try to find a way to make it anyway
By Phillip Alder

Ring Lardner, a sports columnist and short story writer who died in 1933, said, “A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.”

In this deal, South has to find a way to tempt an opponent to help him – how?

South is in four hearts. West cashes his three top spades, then shifts to a diamond.

South should open one heart. That 11-point hand is stronger than many 13- counts. West might have made a takeout double (better than a one-spade overcall, despite that suit’s strength). North used the Jacoby Forcing Raise: at least four-card heart support and game-forcing values. South’s three-diamond rebid showed a singleton (or void) in that suit and any point range. (You could keep it simple, sensible, with natural rebids. Here, South would rebid four hearts to indicate a minimum.)

Some pairs lead the queen from ace-king-queen, asking partner to give count. Then, an ace-lead is from only the ace-king.

It is easy for declarer to cash his heart ace at trick five – and then grumble about bad luck when West discards. However, a resourceful South would cross to dummy with a club and lead the heart jack. Maybe East will be tempted to cover; or he might take ages thinking about it. Either way, declarer makes his contract despite the 3-0 trump split.

Finally, if East plays low smoothly, South wins with his ace and, against most opponents, will find the trumps breaking 2-1.

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