Bridge: Jan. 11, 2022

In a “reverse scramble” golf format, a player must hit every shot twice and play the worse of the two. Pars are rare, birdies rarer.

Maybe declarer should score extra points for making a contract in two ways. At today’s slam South takes the ace of diamonds and places West with the king of spades for his double.

South gets to dummy three times with trumps to ruff diamonds. He takes the ace of clubs, ruffs a club and leads dummy’s last diamond at the 10th trick, discarding a spade. West, who has had to keep K-J-7 of spades and a diamond, wins and must lead a spade from his king.


A trump lead breaks up that loser-on-loser end play. Could South make six hearts in another way?

He can take the ace of diamonds, lead a trump to dummy, ruff a diamond, cash the ace of clubs, ruff a club and lead a diamond, pitching a spade to “rectify the count.” West wins and leads a diamond, and South ruffs and runs the trumps. The last trump squeezes West in spades and diamonds.


You hold: S 10 8 6 H 5 D 10 7 C Q 10 9 5 4 3 2.

Only the opponents are vulnerable. As dealer, you open with a lusty three clubs. Your partner bids three spades. The opponents pass. What do you say?

ANSWER: Partner’s bid in a new suit over your preempt is forcing, so as much as you might want to call the deal off, you must not break discipline. Raise to four spades. Your hand could be worse; you have three-card spade support and a side singleton.

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South dealer

N-S vulnerable


S A 9 4

H A J 8 3

D 8 6 5 3 2

C 6


S K J 7 2

H 4

D K Q J 9 4

C K J 7


S 10 8 6

H 5

D 10 7

C Q 10 9 5 4 3 2


S Q 5 3

H K Q 10 9 7 6 2


C A 8

South West North East
1 H Dbl Redbl 4 C
4 H Pass 4 S Pass
6 H All Pass

Opening lead — D K

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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