Eddie Kantar
Eddie Kantar

Wikipedia: Edwin Bruce (Eddie) Kantar (bornNovember 9, 1932) is an American bridge player, winner of two open world championships for national teams (Bermuda Bowls), and prolific writer of bridge books and columns. Kantar is from Santa Monica, California. Kantar has won 15 North American Bridge Championships (NABCs) and is World Bridge Federation (WBF) and American Contract Bridge League (ACBL) Grand Life Master.

IMPs Dealer West. Neither VUL

K 6 4
10 3
A K Q
10 7 5 4 2
A 9 8 7 3 2
A J
10 9 7
K J
West North East South
2 Pass Pass 2
Pass 3 Pass 4
Pass Pass Pass

Opening lead: K

West leads the K. You win with the ace and play two rounds of trump, West discarding a heart on the second trump. East started withQ J x.

How do you play the clubs? 

Bidding commentary:

You have more than you need for balancing 2 bid. North’s raise is encouraging; a cue bid of 3 would be even more encouraging.

Play commentary:

Don´t tell me you took that question about how to play the clubs seriously! You shouldn’t be playing clubs at all! Force West lo lead club – much easier on the central nervous system. After you discover the trump break, cash dummy’s diamond and exit a heart to West. West must either give you a ruff and a sluff or break clubs. Once West leads a club, your worries in that suit are over.

The Bottom Line:

1- Equal length suits (hearts) are good for something – throw in plays.

2- Before throwing a player in (West), strip that player of all safe exit cards (diamonds).

The full deal:

K 6 4
10 3
A K Q
10 7 5 4 2
10
K Q 9 8 4 2
8 6 3
A 9 3
Q J 5
7 6 5
J 5 4 2
Q 8 6
A 9 8 7 3 2
A J
10 9 7
K J

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