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Playing Bridge: Patience is a virtue

Cy the Cynic is like many of us: Cy says he can be extremely patient – as long as he gets his way in the end.

Cy got his way in today’s deal. In a team match, both North-Souths easily got to 3NT, and West led the jack of diamonds. At one table, declarer won in dummy and led a club, finessing with his queen.

West took the king and continued diamonds, and South won and led the ace and a low club, hoping for a 3-3 break. Instead, East took two clubs, and South had no chance for a ninth trick.

Cy was declarer in the other room and was in no hurry to finesse in clubs. He won the first diamond in his hand and patiently led a low club. West won with the eight and led another diamond, and the Cynic won and took the ace of clubs. When the king fell, he had his ninth trick with the queen.

If both defenders followed low to the ace of clubs, Cy would go to dummy to lead a third club toward his queen. He would get two club tricks when the lie of the cards permitted.

You hold: ´ K 8 3 ™ K 9 6 © A 5 4 2 ® 6 5 3. Your partner opens one heart, and the next player overcalls two clubs. What do you say?

A: The hand contains one high-card point more than the theoretical upper limit for a single raise, but the flat pattern is a negative feature. Moreover, whatever club honors your partner has are badly positioned underneath the club bidder. Raise to two hearts. If partner tries for game, you will of course accept.

South dealer

N-S vulnerable


´ K 8 3

™ K 9 6

© A 5 4 2

® 6 5 3


´ Q 10 4 ´ J 9 7 5

™ J 3 2 ™ Q 10 7 4

© J 10 9 8 6 © 7

® K 8 ® J 10 9 2


´ A 6 2

™ A 8 5

© K Q 3

® A Q 7 4

South West North East

1 ® Pass 1 © Pass

2 NT Pass 3 NT All Pass

Opening lead – © J

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