The contributor writes:
“Don’t print this if you feel that (the) second hand should always play low. Computer bridge condones second-hand high due to the time element. South played low from the dummy, which picked up East’s 10. South played the queen of clubs from his hand, which took with his ace. West led a small spade to the ace in the dummy.
“South could count just eight tricks, so he needed a diamond trick. Unfortunately, West had the ace and rattled off three spades for down one. South says, ‘I don’t see where I went wrong, do you?’”
His partner explained:
“If you played the spade ace at trick one and then a club to the queen in your hand, West will play a low spade to East’s 10 and then you must duck. East cannot make a play that will hurt you. A diamond lead by East would be best, but you still make three notrump.”
If North had overcalled with one notrump instead of a takeout double, he would have played the hand in the three notrump contract, which would give this story a different slant.
Donna Swan is a resident of Longboat Key, an ardent bridge player and an American Contract Bridge League certified director who plays “for the fun of it.”
WHERE TO PLAY
Duplicate bridge games are at 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Contact Larry Auerbach at 758-2017 to reserve your spot.
Currently 0 Responses
18 Crunch Kidz Homelessness Zumbathon
18 An Island Affaire
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
1 Floridafitfest and 5K Treasure Run
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hat's off to Dee Pelton, volunteers
Dee Pelton held a luncheon that will be tough to top.
Youth sailors descend on City Island
Approximately 250 people hit the water Saturday, April 20 through Sunday, April 21, for Sailfest. The regatta, Sarasota Youth Sailing's biggest fundraiser of the year, included four classes of competition — Optimus, 420, Laser and Multi-hull — and a barbecue feast.
Book club sunsets for the season
The Sunset Beach Book Club, in its 10th year, ended this season with a luncheon and discussion of the book “Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn, April 18, at Lazy Lobster. Discussion moderator was Ricki Carroll. Together, the group read five books this season.