Source: The Evening Independent – 6 Ago 1936

Only Way Declarer Can Make His No Trump Contract Is To Conserve Two Entries Into Dummy

Fondness for a bargain is deeply rooted in human nature, but it frequently is a dangerous trait for a bridge player. Often he will find a cheap, trick an expensive luxury, and will wish, before be finishes the play of the hand, that he had paid -a higher price for the first trick. Today’s hand was played in a recent duplicate game. The bargain hunters went down at their contract, and only those fulfilled it who were willing to pay for the first trick something more than that asked by the cards played.

Dealer South. All Vul

7 3
Q J 10 9
K J 10 9 7 6
5
K J 8
K 7 5 4 3
A 8
K 10 2
10 9 6 4
8
4 3 2
J 9 7 4 3
A Q 5 2
A 6 2
Q 5
A Q 8 6
West North East South
1
1 2 Pass 2
Pass 3 Pass 3NT
Pass Pass Pass

Opening lead: 4

Where the hand was defeated South noted that his dummy’s nine of hearts would hold the first trick and played the deuce. He then led a small diamond from dummy and played the queen, but West quite properly refused to win and waited until the second round of diamonds before taking his ace; and the hand was hopelessly beaten.

Where South thought before playing to the first trick, he won the heart lead with the ace, and led the diamond queen. West refused to cover, but was forced to win the second trick. South now was able to get into dummy with a heart, and make his contract.