FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA

Comics

Bridge

bri140718

THE NEA BRIDGE by Phillip Alder
TWO PLAYERS READ THE OPENING LEAD

Henny Youngman, a violinist well known for humorous one-liners, said, “When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.”
That does not sound like a good idea. At the bridge table, reading is very important. In particular, third hand and declarer should read the opening lead, working out what the leader has in that suit.
In this example deal, how should South plan the play in four spades after West leads the heart nine in answer to his partner’s overcall in the suit?
The North-South bidding was a tad aggressive, but we all love that vulnerable game bonus.
South starts with four potential losers: two diamonds and two clubs. However, given East’s bid, it is tempting to assume that he has the club ace. But if, say, South takes the first trick with his heart jack, draws trumps, and plays a diamond, East can win and shift to the club queen to defeat the contract.
What does the heart-nine lead indicate?
That East has the heart king and 10. How does that help?
South should cover the nine with dummy’s queen and take East’s king with his ace. Then, after drawing trumps ending in the dummy, South plays a heart to his eight and discards a club from the dummy on the heart jack. South takes five spades, three hearts, one diamond and an eventual club ruff in the dummy.
Note that if South calls for dummy’s heart four at trick one, East should not play third hand high; he should play low, not wasting an honor when declarer is marked with the heart jack and ace.

Daily Republic Syndicated Content

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Please read our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy before commenting.

  • Recent Articles

  • Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • Special Publications »

    Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service (updated 4/30/2015) and Privacy Policy (updated 4/7/2015).
    Copyright (c) 2015 McNaughton Newspapers, Inc., a family-owned local media company that proudly publishes the Daily Republic, Mountain Democrat, Davis Enterprise, Village Life and other community-driven publications.