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Bridge 1226

If you think it, you will do it

    Who modestly said this? “I can think of nothing more boring for the American people than to have to sit in their living rooms for a whole half hour looking at my face on their television screens.”
    How do you find the right bid or play at the bridge table? The “simple” answer is to think of it. If you are not sure what to bid, start with pass and double (or redouble), then step up the bidding ladder, considering everything until you believe you have found the “winner.”
    In this deal, though, it is hard to think of the guaranteed line of play. Against four spades, West leads the club two. What would be your plan?
    North made a game-invitational limit raise, showing 10-12 support points (high-card points plus shortage points) and eight losers.
    The original South saw nine top tricks: five spades, one heart and three clubs. Looking no further than the heart finesse, he won with dummy’s club king, drew trumps ending on the board, and played a heart to his queen. But West won with his king and returned a heart. Eventually, declarer lost three diamonds to go down one.
    After drawing trumps, take your other two club tricks, discarding a heart from the board. Then cash the heart ace and lead the heart queen. West wins the trick, but what does he do next? If he shifts to a diamond, you play low from the board and have only two losers there. If West leads a heart or club, you ruff on the board and discard a diamond from your hand.
    The initial comment was made by Dwight D. Eisenhower.

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