Share this article

print logo


Cy the Cynic says that when it comes to procrastinating, there's no time like the present.

Today's North-South did well to reach five clubs (instead of 3NT, which succeeds if West has the ace of diamonds or if East has the king of clubs but would fail as the cards lie). South did less well in the play, though: He won the first spade in dummy and led the queen of trumps for a finesse.

West took the king and led another spade, and South was doomed. He drew trumps and led a diamond to dummy's king, but East took the ace and led his last spade. Down one.

South would easily make the contract if he were a procrastinator in trumps. After South won the first spade, there was no time like the present to establish a diamond discard for his impending spade loser.

South must force out the ace of diamonds at the second trick. When he wins the next spade, he can pitch his last spade on a high diamond. South then finesses in trumps, losing two tricks at most.

You hold: 9 8 7 J 9 6 5 A 10 8 7 5 5. Your partner opens one heart, you raise to two hearts and he next bids 2NT. The opponents pass. What do you say?

A: Your partner's 2NT is a try for game and asks for your opinion. Although you have only five points in high cards, your hand is worth much more because you have four trumps, a singleton and an ace. Bid four hearts. A typical hand for your partner will be K 5 4, A Q 10 4 3, K 4, A J 4.

South dealer.

N-S vulnerable.

A 6 2
K 7 3
K Q 3
Q 9 4 2
Q J 10 4
10 8 4
J 9 6 2
K 6
9 8 7
J 9 6 5
A 10 8 7 5
K 5 3
A Q 2
A J 10 8 7 3
South West North East
5All Pass
Opening lead -- Q

There are no comments - be the first to comment