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Bridge: Nov. 25, 2022


In October, 1929, less than four years after the birth of contract bridge — and indicative of how the new game had taken the country by storm — The Bridge World published its first issue. It has appeared every month since, providing a record of the game’s evolution.

The magazine has a reputation for excellence among experts but offers material for all players. In an “Improve Your Play” feature, South needs eight tricks at two spades. (North’s double was “support,” conventionally showing three cards in spades.)

MISGUESS

South has two diamonds and at least two clubs to lose. If he tries to guess the queen of trumps, he may misguess and go down.

Declarer should take the ace of hearts, lead a club to dummy, ruff a heart, lead a diamond to dummy and ruff the last heart. Then he exits in a minor. He is sure of three more trump tricks without guessing.

No serious player should be without The Bridge World. For information and interesting features, see bridgeworld.com.

DAILY QUESTION

You hold: S Q 9 H K Q 10 8 6 2 D K J 9 2 C K. You open one heart, your partner bids one spade, you rebid two hearts and he tries 2NT. What do you say?

ANSWER: This is a judgment call. Partner has about 11 points with strength in the unbid suits. To sign off at three hearts, jump to four hearts or bid 3NT might work. Bid three diamonds, showing six hearts, four diamonds and a minimum hand. Maybe with that information, partner can make a winning decision.

North dealer

Neither side vulnerable

NORTH

S A 4 3

H 9 5 3

D A 7 4

C A 8 6 5

WEST

S Q 9

H K Q 10 8 6 2

D K J 9 2

C K

EAST

S 7 6 2

H J 7 4

D Q 10 3

C Q J 10 7

SOUTH

S K J 10 8 5

H A

D 8 6 5

C 9 4 3 2

North East South West
1 C Pass 1 S 2 H
Dbl Pass 2 S All Pass
Opening lead — H K

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