BRIDGE TIPS: FOLLOW THE CLUES

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Dlr: South Vul: E-W 
Scoring: MPs

North (dummy)
S 4
H A J 10
D K J 9 4 2
C Q 10 7 2
East (you)
S 10 9
H 6 4 3
D A 10 8 7 5 3
C 9 6

 

South West North East
1S Pass 2D(1) Pass
2H Pass 2NT Pass
3H Pass 4H All Pass

 

Not played as a game force. Playing ‘two over one’ North would probably opt to respond 1NT, forcing, then rebid 2NT over 2H and finally raise 3H to 4H. All roads lead to Rome.

Opening lead: CA (Ace from AK). You start a high-low and partner continues with the ace and eight of clubs which you trump, declarer following with the three, four, and jack. What now?

Declarer has shown 5-5 in the majors and has turned up with three clubs. Ergo, declarer has a diamond void so don’t even think of playing the DA. Both declarer and partner have five spades. There is a good chance that declarer may have to trump three spades in dummy (partner returned his higher remaining club indicating spade strength) so you should cut down dummy’s ruffing power by smartly switching to a trump at trick four.

Notice without the trump shift, declarer has an easy crossruff for 10 tricks… providing he cashes the AK of spades before starting the crossruff.

Dlr: South Vul: E-W 
Scoring: MPs

North
S 4
H A J 10
D K J 9 4 2
C Q 10 7 2
West
S Q J 8 5 2
H 5 2
D Q 6
C A K 8 5
East
S 10 9
H 6 4 3
D A 10 8 7 5 3
C 9 6
South
S A K 7 6 3
H K Q 9 8 7
D –
C J 4 3

 

South West North East
1S Pass 2D(1) Pass
2H Pass 2NT Pass
3H Pass 4H All Pass

About the Author:

Eddie Kantar

Eddie Kantar is a professional bridge player, writer, teacher and member of the Bridge Hall of Fame. He won two World Champion and thirteen North American Championship titles. Eddie writes regularly for numerous bridge magazines around the world and is a frequent host on bridge cruises. He has written some 25 bridge books, some available in CD-Rom form, and is also a regular contributor to the ACBL Bulletin, Bridge World, Bridge Today, and OKbridge.

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