Bridge: Jan. 26, 2023

The fabulous Ducky van Tassel played at my club yesterday. Depending on how the stock market closed, Ducky is either the third or fourth richest person in town.

When told that Proctor and Gamble had split, Ducky said that was a shame after they had been together for so long. She is no better at addressing bad splits as declarer.

When Ducky played at today’s six hearts, she ruffed the second spade, cashed the ace of trumps and muttered something unladylike when West discarded. Ducky next took the A-K of diamonds and ruffed a diamond in dummy … and East overruffed. Ducky had to lose another trick: down two.


Ducky must have been thinking about her stock portfolio. After West shows out on the first trump, South can take the A-K of clubs, lead a diamond to dummy and continue with high clubs.

If East ruffs — discarding is no help — South overruffs and draws trumps. Dummy still has a trump, and South can ruff a diamond in dummy and finish the clubs to make the slam.


You hold: S K 6 H 8 7 5 3 D A 5 C Q J 7 6 3. Your partner opens one club. The next player doubles. What do you say?

ANSWER: To redouble, showing 10+ points, would be acceptable, but when the auction may be competitive, you may do well to give partner a description of your hand promptly. A gadget can help here: Bid 2NT, conventionally showing a limit raise of partner’s suit. With a stronger hand, you would redouble. Avoid a bid of one heart.

South dealer

N-S vulnerable


S K 6

H 8 7 5 3

D A 5

C Q J 7 6 3


S Q J 10 5 4

H None

D Q J 9 6

C 10 9 5 2


S A 9 8 7 2

H J 9 6 4

D 10 3

C 8 4


S 3

H A K Q 10 2

D K 8 7 4 2


South West North East
1 H Pass 3 H Pass
4 NT Pass 5 D Pass
6 H All Pass
Opening lead — S Q

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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