East-West vulnerable. West deals.


xK J 8 4

uQ 10 4 3

vJ 6 2

w7 5


x7 5 2 xQ 6

uA K 5 2 u8 7 6

v10 8 5 vA K 4 3

wA 6 4 w9 8 3 2


xA 10 9 3

uJ 9

vQ 9 7

wK Q J 10

The bidding:


Pass Pass Pass 1w

Pass 1u Pass 1x

Pass 2x Pass Pass


Opening lead: Ace of u (Ace from A K)

Here’s another deal from Eddie Kantar’s excellent series “Thinking Bridge,” designed for players who want to improve their game.

West would like to enter the fray, but his sordid distribution plus this vulnerability dictate otherwise. North’s raise to two spades shows the same strength as a direct raise from one spade to two spades; however, the raise of a secondary suit guarantees four-card support — in blood!

West’s lead of dummy’s first-bid suit is questionable. An alternative is the five of diamonds, the unbid suit.

Once East discourages in hearts (all hearts lower than the six are visible), West shifts to a low diamond. East plays the king-ace and a diamond to South’s queen.

South has five top losers: two hearts, two diamonds and the ace of clubs. The idea is to locate the queen of spades. Both opponents are passed hands, and neither figures to have as many as 12 high-card points. West has turned up with the ace-king of hearts, and East with the ace-king of diamonds. Each opponent has turned up with 7 high-card points. If South drives out the ace of clubs, whoever takes the trick, in this case, West will have turned up with 11 HCP and cannot have the queen of spades. If West doesn’t have it, East must. Good thinking. Notice that by driving out a relatively unimportant honor (the ace of clubs) South was able to find out who has a very important honor, the queen of spades. It is called a “discovery” play.

2013 Tribune Media Services

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