January 23, 2022 – The Mercury News

“My wife and I have an effective way of resolving disagreements,” one club player told me. “We discussed the matter calmly and objectively until we concluded she was right.”

“Does it work at the toilet?”

“Just like anywhere else,” was the reply. “Could be better.”

My friend is West in a duplicate game, and North-South has four spades.

“Do you use Stayman as North?” my friend asked. “Looks like North-South should be at 3NT.”

“It was a toss-up,” I shrug. “The model is flat, but the counterpart may not. If you fit 4-4 spades, you can do a little extra trick on the spades. But upgrading directly to 3NT would be reasonable. ”

“I led the king of clubs,” West said, “and my wife played the trick. I thought she wanted change, so I took the lead

diamonds: four, queen, trump card. The Declarer draws aces, removes my trump card and wins my right back to my club. Then he cashed KJ of diamonds and led the queen of hearts. My wife’s king covers, and Nam takes the trump card, loses his heart to my jack and declares. Even if I have held KJ’s heart, I will be playing in the end.

“My wife and I ‘discussed’ the defense. She said my diamond change at Trick Two was hopeless. That ended the discussion.”

Depending on the situation, an discouraging signal may require change or may say “I have no idea.” Here, the dummy is flat and weak, and nothing prompts West to do anything dynamic. West should continue with the trump card and a third club and let South struggle. With a regular defence, he will go down.

Southern agent

NS is vulnerable


SAJ 9 6

HQ 10 3


C 10 9 3


S 7 3

HJ 7 6 2

D 10 8 5 2



S 5 4 2

HK 5 4

DQ 6 3

C 8 7 6 2


SKQ 10 8

HA 9 8

DA 9 7


Southwest Northeast
1 NT Pass 2 C Pass
2 S Pass 4 S All Pass

Opening – CK

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https://www.mercurynews.com/2022/01/23/bridge-jan-23-2022/ January 23, 2022 – The Mercury News

Huynh Nguyen

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