Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

brian pauls bridge detour nov 24

  • Print

TRY out this challenge to your defensive skills. South opens the bidding with one notrump (15-17 points) and is raised to three notrump by his partner. East-West do not enter the auction. West leads the 7 of spades and this dummy appears:

NORTH

' 9 5

'* A 6 4

'¶ K J 8 7

'£ Q J 10 6

You are East, holding:

EAST

' J 6 4 3 2

'* Q J 9 3

'¶ 10 5 4

'£ 2

The 9 of spades is played from dummy at trick one. How do you plan the defence?

Obviously, you should begin with an analysis of the opening lead. It appears that, most likely, the 7 of spades is a fourth-highest, in which case you can be certain that South holds precisely two spades. It seems that since you have only four points, partner will hold at least one entry card, and accordingly there are realistic prospects that the defence my be able to run the spade suit, thereby defeating the contract.

But did you notice the problem? You are the one with the long card in spades, and if you play your jack of spades at trick one, you will no longer have a card in spades high enough to take over the lead from your partner in order to cash the fifth spade -- the presumed setting trick.

Could it help to play a low card, or could that instead cost a trick? It is true that you would lose a trick if partner has led from the king-queen of spades and declarer started play with the bare ace-10. But if that unfortunately is the case, the suit would have been blocked anyway, and you would never score your fifth spade.

All things considered, best play must be to signal with your 6 of spades at trick one. Declarer's hand:

SOUTH

' K Q

'* K 8 5

'¶ A 9 2

'£ A 9 7 4 3

Declarer cannot capture nine tricks without finessing in clubs, whereupon your partner, after winning the king, will be able to cash the ace and 10 of spades, then you will overtake his 8 of spades with your carefully-preserved jack and your last spade will suffice to set the contract a trick.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition November 24, 2012 E11

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Keri Latimer looks for beauty in the dark and the spaces between the notes

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Marc Gallant / Winnipeg Free Press.  Local- (Standup Photo). Watcher in the woods. A young deer peers from the forest while eating leaves by Cricket Drive in Assiniboine Park. A group of eight deer were seen in the park. 060508.
  • A young gosling flaps his wings after taking a bath in the duck pond at St Vital Park Tuesday morning- - Day 21– June 12, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Should Winnipeg control growth to deal with climate change?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google