“My marriage has been idyllic,” a club player confided to me, “like a walk in a park. But when my husband and I play bridge, it’s like Jurassic Park. Something goes wrong, and he turns into a beast.”
My friend was declarer at today’s 6NT in a duplicate event.
“I took the ace of clubs,” she told me, “and thought I might make an overtrick. But when I led a diamond to dummy’s ace, East discarded, and I couldn’t make six. My husband was irate. He growled that I should have played the six of diamonds to safeguard the slam. That never occurred to me. At duplicate, I thought I had to try for 13 tricks.”
Safety plays are uncommon at duplicate. At a “normal contract” — one most pairs will reach — you play for the maximum number of tricks. But here, North-South had reached 6NT with only 29 high-card points. Most pairs would stop at game or maybe six diamonds.
I agree with my friend’s husband. Since plus 1,440 will surely be a good result, South should play safe.
You hold: S A 10 7 3 2 H A J 5 3 D A 6 C 7 5. Your partner opens one club, you bid one spade, he rebids two clubs and you try two hearts. Partner then rebids three clubs. What do you say?
ANSWER: Partner has a minimum opener, probably with seven clubs. If he has Q, K 6, 7 5 3, A K 9 8 6 4 2, five clubs would be a good contract, 3NT would be iffy, maybe needing a 2-2 club break. You have no correct bid. You might pass the buck by bidding three diamonds.
S A 10 7 3 2
H A J 5 3
D A 6
C 7 5
S J 4
H 10 8
D Q J 4 2
C J 10 8 3 2
S Q 8 6 5
H Q 9 7 6 2
C Q 9 6 4
S K 9
H K 4
D K 10 9 8 7 5 3
C A K
South West North East
1 D Pass 1 S Pass
3 D Pass 3 H Pass
3 NT Pass 6 NT(!) All Pass
Opening lead — C J
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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment
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