Bridge: Oct. 14, 2021

Maybe it’s silly to be superstitious. Still, it costs nothing to avoid walking under a ladder. Some defensive falsecards are cost-free — indeed, “obligatory.” If you don’t falsecard, declarer has no chance to go wrong.

Today’s North might have avoided using Stayman with his flat pattern. As it was, North-South found their spade fit, and South played at four spades.

West led the queen, jack and a third club. South ruffed, led a diamond to dummy and returned a trump: five, king, six. South then shrugged and led his nine: ten, three, ace. He won East’s heart return, took the queen of trumps to draw West’s jack and claimed.


West missed a mandatory falsecard. When declarer leads a trump to his king, West must follow with the jack or ten.

Then South has the option of continuing with the queen, hoping West held the J-10 doubleton, and the defense can win a second trump trick. When West played the six on the first trump. South had no alternative to the winning play.


You hold: S A 5 H 10 9 7 D 10 8 5 2 C A 10 7 4. Your partner opens one heart, you raise to two hearts and he bids two spades. What do you say?

ANSWER: Your partner has bid a new suit to try for game. He wants you to cooperate if you have a sound single raise or even a fair raise that contains help for his second suit. If you have a fit in two suits, you may make game with fewer than 26 points. Here, your aces are adequate for a jump to four hearts.

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South dealer

Neither side vulnerable


S 7 4 3 2

H 6 5 4

D K 9 6

C K 6 5


S J 10 6

H 8 3 2

D J 7 3

C Q J 9 8


S A 5

H 10 9 7

D 10 8 5 2

C A 10 7 4


S K Q 9 8


D A Q 4

C 3 2

South West North East
2 NT Pass 3 C Pass
3 S Pass 4 S All pass

Opening lead — C Q

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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