View Mobile Site

Related Articles

  • There are no articles found.

Friends to Follow

Bridge 10/17

Hear the bidding and count the cards

Text Size: Small Large Medium
    Andre Gide, a French novelist and essayist who died in 1951, wrote, "Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens, we have to keep going back and saying it all over again."
    At the bridge table, you must listen closely to every call. Each gives you some information. And occasionally that knowledge will be crucial to your finding the winning defense or declarer play.
    In this deal, you are South, in four spades. West, who opened three diamonds at unfavorable vulnerability, leads the diamond ace: three, 10, two. West continues with the diamond queen. What would be your plan?
    When three diamonds came around, you mentally placed North, your partner, with six or seven working high-card points and jumped to four spades. (Yes, if you had bid three spades, North would have continued with three no-trump, an easy contract to make, but that is not the point. One deal does not an irrefutable argument make!)
    West's opening bid tells you that he started with seven diamonds. So East began with a singleton, and if you play dummy's diamond king at trick two, East will ruff it. Now, it is true, if the heart finesse is working, as it might well be, this will make no difference. But with this layout, if East ruffs away the diamond king and shifts to a heart, you will lose four tricks: one heart, one diamond, one diamond ruff and one club.
    Just play low from the board at trick two. When West leads a third diamond, you overruff East, draw trumps, and run the club jack to guarantee your contract, losing two diamonds and one club.
  • Bookmark and Share

SUBSCRIBE to the Statesboro Herald print edition or online e-Edition and get EXCLUSIVE news and information online with complete access to all complete stories on Now you'll have Soundoff, Local Birth Announcements and columnists like Jan Moore, Phil Boyum, Roger Allen, John Bressler and Holli Bragg. Also, Letters to the Editor, Local Editorials and many new exclusive items will all be there just for you! And, when you're away from home, you can read the paper page by page anywhere, anytime from your computer with your subscription.



Commenting is not available.

Commenting not available.

Please wait ...