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The Aces on Bridge: Monday, August 23, 2010

Dealer: West

Vul: None



K 7 6

A 7 6

Q J 10 9 6 4


K Q J 10 9 8


10 5

A K 8 3


6 4

A 4 3

J 9 4 3 2

7 5 2


A 7 5 2

Q J 10 9 5 2

K Q 8


South West North East
  1 2 Pass
4 4 5 Dbl.
All Pass      

Opening Lead: Your call!

“It doesn’t much signify whom one marries, for one is sure to find next morning that it was someone else.”

— Samuel Rogers

All this week’s deals come from the Junior European Championships held in Romania last summer. During the two-week event, there was an under-25 championship, and in parallel with that, a one-week tournament for girls followed by a schools event.

Europe was well represented, with even some of the smaller countries fielding teams in the minor events. For example, the Estonian girls’ team started the Championships off with a 14-16 loss to the Netherlands — not bad against much more experienced opposition. (Incidentally, the Dutch and Poles — together with the Swedes — have been dominating this event lately. It is certainly not coincidental that the first two countries have set up sporting organizations that ally with the Olympic Federations, and run their programs with benchmarks and training schemes.)

Today’s deal helped to keep the match close, as Estonia’s Tuul Saav first pushed the Dutch North-South to the five-level, then found the only lead to defeat five hearts.

As West, Saav judged that her partner, Erika Parn, must have something useful to explain her double, and in that case, there should be no rush to try to cash black tricks. Accordingly, Tuul led her singleton trump. Parn won the heart ace and returned a second heart. Declarer could now ruff only one spade in dummy, so was a trick short of her contract. Well done — on any other lead declarer can bring home 11 tricks.


South Holds:

A 6
Q 10 4 3
4 3 2
7 5 4 2


South West North East
    1 1 NT
All Pass      
ANSWER: Just because an opening bid of one diamond could be short, does not mean that it is. Here your hand in no way suggests that partner has both majors and a three-card diamond suit; I’d simply lead a low diamond, specifically the two. In this situation, the four may cause more problems than it solves.


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