Neither vulnerable. East deals.



uQ 9 6 5 3 2

vA J 7

wA Q 8


xJ 10 9 xK Q 8 7 6 4

u4 u8

v10 8 6 3 2 vQ 9 5

w10 9 4 3 wK J 2


x5 3 2

uA K J 10 7

vK 4

w7 6 5

The bidding:


1x 2u Pass 6u!

Pass Pass Pass

Opening lead: Jack of x

Here’s another deal from Eddie Kantar’s award-winning series “Thinking Bridge,” designed for players who are desirous of improving their game.

There are many ways to bid the North hand, but it’s not unreasonable to leap to slam facing a two-level overcall. Most two-level overcalls show opening bid values; this is about as light as they come — just North’s luck.

South adds his 11 high-card points to dummy’s 17, a good habit to form, and comes up with 28, meaning East-West have 12. Normally an opening bidder will have 12 but, given the opening lead, East figures to have only 11. In other words, East has the king of clubs and the queen of diamonds. Finesses in those suits are doomed. Declarer must think of something else.

Using the bidding as a guide, South crosses to his hand twice in hearts to ruff spades, stripping that suit. He continues with the ace-king of diamonds and follows with the diamond jack, disdaining a finesse that he knows cannot work. When East produces the expected diamond queen, declarer discards a club. East has the lead and is not a happy camper. A club return is sure death as it smacks into the ace-queen. A spade return, a ruff and a sluff, is no good either. Assuming a spade return, South discards a second club and ruffs in dummy. Declarer remains with one club and dummy has the ace. Six hearts bid and made.

2013 Tribune Media Services

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