This week’s deals have treated being in the right hand at the right time: managing your entries. Cover today’s East-West cards. How will you make five diamonds when West leads the king of spades? (East-West made it tough for you in the bidding; your partner’s raise to game was by no means clear.)

You will need luck: Finesses in both hearts and clubs must win, and you have only one obvious entry to dummy: the six of trumps.

Take the ace of spades and lead the king of trumps. West wins (East follows suit), cashes a spade and leads a third spade. Ruff high, preserving your five of trumps. Take the queen of trumps and lead the five to dummy’s six.


Next, lead the queen of hearts. If East follows low, underplay with your jack. You can let the ten ride next, and the lead will remain in dummy. Then you can lead a club to your queen, and when that finesse wins, you can claim.

Your technique was good, but you won’t be entitled to grumble about bad luck for a while.


You hold: S 7 4 2 H K 5 3 2 D 8 C K 10 6 5 2. The dealer, at your left, opens one spade. Your partner doubles, you bid two hearts, the opening bidder rebids two spades and two passes follow. What do you say?

ANSWER: Since you have some points and some shape, don’t sell out at the two level. Bid three clubs. Partner should expect you to have four hearts. With five cards in hearts, the suit for which his double suggested good support, you would bid more hearts.

South dealer

N-S vulnerable


S 8 5 3

H Q 10 9

D 6 4 3 2

C 9 4 3


S K Q J 9 6

H 7 6 4

D A 7

C J 8 7


S 7 4 2

H K 5 3 2

D 8

C K 10 6 5 2


S A 10

H A J 8

D K Q J 10 9 5


South West North East
2 C 2 S Pass 3 S
4 D Pass 5 D All Pass

Opening lead — S K

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Source:: The Mercury News


Bridge: April 29, 2022

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