Editor’s note: The following “Deal Us In” column ran in the Sept. 27, 2001, issue.
This hand is from an American Contract Bridge League International Fund Game, held at local bridge clubs.
You are West. Bid the hand before reading this column. (Use the chart at right.)
Barring a super-light opening by North or a strange pre-empt by East, West will open one spade (at a few tables, the bidding stopped there), and West finds himself in a safe contract.
At other tables, East somehow found a one notrump bid. After all, his partner opened in fourth seat and should or might have the points for game or even a slam. West, then, jumps to four spades, which doesn’t make East too happy. North-South isn’t likely to beat this contract.
Because East had advertised weakness by his notrump bid, North sees no need for an aggressive opening lead and may lead a trump, which lets West draw trump and lead the ace of diamonds and a small diamond to set up the dummy suit for heart pitches and at least 11 tricks. Any North, who found a heart opening lead or the ace of clubs and a heart-shift, earned his top result.
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
16 Nia with Gail on Longboat Key
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
19 Longboat Key Fine Art Festival
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
19 Mote's Party on the Pass
22 Nia with Gail on Anna Maria Island
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
A Cinderella story
A 10-week-old miniature pinscher puppy found a “happily ever after ending” at the Celebration of Pets April 12, at the Sarasota County Fairgrounds.
Pharmacy brings dose of medicine to Publix
The in-store pharmacy of Longboat Key Publix opened Monday, approximately 16 months after the completion of the new store at 525 Bay Isles Parkway, in the Shoppes of Bay Isles.
Golfer scores victory with less than a stroke
The Longboat Key Masters Golf Tournament, which took place March 28 through March 31, at the Resort at Longboat Key Club’s Islandside and Harbourside golf courses came down to less than one stroke’s difference between first-place winner Kevin Preston and second-place winner Michael Russell, of Longboat Key.