Bridge: Oct. 23, 2017


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“My cousin the Queen of Hearts is a bit neurotic,” the Queen of Diamonds confided to Alice as the players at the Mad Hatter’s took a tea break. “She can’t realize that losing a trick can be better than winning one.”

“Of course, your majesty,” Alice sighed.

“Deal,” said the Queen. “I’ll show you.”

Alice became declarer at today’s four hearts, and West, the Hatter, led a spade in deference to the March Hare’s overcall. The Hare took the queen and ace, stroked his whiskers and led the king. When Alice followed, the Hatter paused for an instant … and pitched a club!

“Off with his head,” the Queen of Hearts roared. “He could have won a trick with me.”

SECOND TRUMP

Alice ruffed in dummy and let the nine of trumps ride, losing to the queen. She had to lose a second trump to the king and went down.

“See?” the Queen of Diamonds murmured. “If West ruffs the third spade with the queen of trumps, you finesse twice against East’s king and make the game.”

And so it was.

DAILY QUESTION

You hold: S 7 2 H 9 4 D K Q 10 7 C A K Q 8 6. You are the dealer. What is your opening call?

ANSWER: You have a sound opening bid. Some players would open one diamond, planning to bid two clubs after a major-suit response, but I dislike distorting the suit lengths, especially with minimum values. Open one club. If partner responds in a major, rebid two clubs or bid 1NT. Either action is mildly misdescriptive but will limit your strength.

South dealer

N-S vulnerable

NORTH

S 7 2

H 9 4

D K Q 10 7

C A K Q 8 6

WEST

S 6 5

H Q 7

D 6 5 3 2

C J 7 5 3 2

EAST

S A K Q 10 9 4

H K 5 3

D 9 8

C 10 9

SOUTH

S J 8 3

H A J 10 8 6 2

D A J 4

C 4

South West North East

1 H Pass 2 C 2 S

Pass Pass 3 D Pass

3 H Pass 4 H All Pass

Opening lead — S 6

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