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Bridge: May 18, 2018

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This week’s deals have treated proper timing by declarer. To test yourself, cover the East-West cards. Against six spades, West leads the ace and a low trump (not best); East follows.
You have 11 tricks: one club ruff in dummy, five trumps, three diamonds and two hearts. To succeed, you can set up a long card in a red suit. Which do you try?
You want to succeed if either suit breaks 4-2 or 3-3. It looks right to attack the diamonds, the stronger suit, but if you take the queen and ace, East discards. Then you need a 3-3 heart break: Dummy has only one entry left, so you can’t succeed if hearts break 4-2. Down you go.
Start with the A-K and a third heart, ruffing. When West discards a club, you ruff a club, ruff a fourth heart and reach dummy with a diamond for the good fifth heart.
If hearts broke 5-1, you would shift to the Q-A of diamonds. If East-West followed, you could cash the king, ruff a diamond, return to dummy with a club ruff and enjoy the good diamond.
You hold: S J 9 4 H A K 6 5 2 D A K 6 5 2 C None. The dealer, at your right, opens one club. What do you say?
ANSWER: One option is a double, but with a two-suited hand, it’s better to start showing your suits, lest competition make it hard to show both. Another option is an “Unusual” 2NT to show length in the two lower-ranking unbid suits, but that bid would suggest a hand with fewer defensive values. Most experts would overcall one heart.
North dealer
N-S vulnerable
S J 9 4
H A K 6 5 2
D A K 6 5 2
C None
S A 6
H 8 3
D J 10 8 7 3
C A Q 10 5
S 7 3
H Q 10 9 4
D 9
C J 9 8 7 4 2
S K Q 10 8 5 2
H J 7
D Q 4
C K 6 3
North East South West
1 H Pass 1 S Pass
2 D Pass 3 S Pass
6 S All Pass
Opening lead — S A
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