Bridge: Dec. 3, 2019

My friend Eddie Kantar is one of the world’s most engaging authors (see kantarbridge.com), a renowned teacher and a world champion player.

As today’s East, Kantar doubled North’s Stayman response to 1NT as a lead-director. Against four spades, West duly led the king of clubs. Eddie took the A-Q-J, and West threw a low diamond.

Kantar knew that if West had a red ace or the king of diamonds, he would have signaled appropriately. As it was, the defense had no more side-suit tricks; the only hope for the setting trick lay in trumps. So Kantar led another club.

RUFF-SLUFF

South got a ruff-sluff that was of no use to him. And if he ruffed low in his hand or discarded, West would ruff with the eight, forcing dummy to overruff with the ace. West’s king would score. If South ruffed high, West would discard, and his K-8-5 would be worth a trick.

If East leads, say, a diamond at Trick Four, South gets home if he guesses the trump position. Well defended, Eddie.

DAILY QUESTION

You hold: S A 7 4 3 H K 10 6 2 D Q 7 C 10 8 7. Your partner opens one diamond, you respond one heart and he bids two clubs. What do you say?

ANSWER: If your hand were stronger — A Q 4 3, K 10 6 2, Q 7, 10 8 7 — you could try for game by bidding 2NT. Your actual hand doesn’t merit a forward-going second bid. Bid two diamonds. Partner should have at least five diamonds, so the contract will be playable if he passes. If his strength is more than minimum, he can bid again.

South dealer

N-S vulnerable

NORTH

S A 7 4 3

H K 10 6 2

D Q 7

C 10 8 7

WEST

S K 8 5

H 9 7 5 4

D J 8 6 5

C K 6

EAST

S 10 6

H J 8

D 10 9 4 3

C A Q J 4 3

SOUTH

S Q J 9 2

H A Q 3

D A K 2

C 9 5 2

South West North East

1 NT Pass 2 C Dbl

2 S Pass 3 S Pass

4 S All Pass

Opening lead — C K

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