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Bridge 12/21

Which suit should you attack?

Sir Frederick G. Banting, a Canadian who won the 1923 Nobel Prize in medicine as one of the co-discoverers of insulin with Professor John J.R. Macleod, said, "No one has ever had an idea in a dress suit."
    Perhaps that is because they are too busy looking at their reflections in their patent leather shoes!
In bridge we have four suits. In some deals it is critical to play on the right one first — as here. You are South, the declarer in one no-trump. West leads a fourth-highest club six, and East puts up his queen. What would you do?
    If you play a one-no-trump response as forcing for one round, North would rebid two diamonds, in his three-card minor. South might pass (which would make exactly for plus 90, tournament or Chicago scoring), or might rebid two hearts (which would make three for plus 140), or might give preference with two spades (which would make on the nose for plus 110).
    How about one no-trump? You have five top tricks: two spades, two hearts and one club. If you play on hearts, you will establish two extra tricks when the missing cards divide 3-2, but the opponents can first take one heart, two diamonds and four clubs for down one. You must attack diamonds, where you can also establish the two extra tricks that you need. Take the first or second club trick, then lead a diamond to the dummy. And when you next win a trick, play another diamond. You will end with plus 90, your losers being two diamonds and four clubs.

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