Phillip Alder
Phillip Alder

Source: ACBL: Phillip Alder is a columnist for The New York Times and a syndicated columnist for 22 years with United Feature Syndicate. His column appears in over 200 papers worldwide. He has also helped to produce the Daily Bulletins at various WBF Championships and is a member of the WBF Youth Committee. Alder is the Associate Editor of The Bridge World magazine.”

IMPs Dealer South. Both Vul

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

 

How do you plan the play fi West leads…

a) theJ

b) theJ

Here’s problem with two winning solutions

a) If you get a club lead, you should win with dummy’s king and play a low trump from both hands. If you play the ace and another trump and they brea 4-1 all your trumps will evaporate. Then you will be at the mercy of a 3-3 club split.

b) If you get a spade lead, you should win in hand and immediately play three rounds of diamonds, discarding your spade loser. Then duck a trump. Here, suppose East wins with theQ and leads a top spade. You ruff, cash theA, play a club tu dummy’s king, ruff the last spade and play theQ, discarding dummy’s last spade and play theA andQ, discarding dummy’s last diamond. You lose just three trump tricks

The complete deal:

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

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