East-West vulnerable. South deals.
xK Q 5
uA J 6
vA 7 6
wK 9 8 5
xA J 10 2 x9 8 7 6 4 3
u9 4 3 2 uQ 10 8
vQ 10 8 v5 4 3 2
w4 3 wVoid
uK 7 5
vK J 9
wA Q J 10 7 6 2
SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST
1w Pass 3NT Pass
6w Pass Pass Pass
Opening lead: Three of w
Here is another deal from Eddie Kantar’s excellent series “Thinking Bridge,” designed for players eager to improve their game.
The bidding is not very scientific. North’s three notrump response shows the values for a strong notrump opening bid, and South takes a reasonable flyer at six clubs.
It’s never much fun leading against a slam and facing two strong hands. A trump is the most passive lead. The ace of spades is the most aggressive.
As South, you have two possible losers — one in each red suit. Both suits offer finesse possibilities and if you take both finesses you have a 75 percent chance of landing your contract. However, do not overlook dummy’s spades. Dummy has the second- and third-ranking spades facing a void, the ideal setup for a loser-on-loser play. Draw trumps ending in dummy and lead the king of spades. If it is covered, ruff and now you can discard one red-suit loser on the queen and take a finesse in the other red suit for an overtrick.
If East plays low on the king of spades, discard a heart. After West wins the ace, you can discard a diamond on the queen of spades. This is a 100 percent play.
There are many, many occasions where you can use a loser-on-loser play. All you need is the second and third ranking cards in one hand facing a void in the other!
For more information about “Thinking Bridge” and other Kantar writings, go to www.kantarbridge.com.
2012 Tribune Media Services