10 October 2022 – The Mercury News

Today’s South was Joe Overberry, who plays every contract for the maximum – and many for the minimum. Joe thinks it’s nobler to go down and try to out-trick than to make his bid.

With four hearts, Joe won the first spade and took the AK of hearts; if the queen fell, he would make two guesses. But when the east turned out instead, Joe was in trouble. He led another trump and West won with a ten, pocketed a spade and led a third spade.

Joe re-ruffed and started the diamonds, but when West hit the third diamond and led another spade, Joe went down two. (He might have saved a trick.)


The winning game would be difficult for anyone. Joe must make sure to run the checkers and therefore must maintain trump control in the event of a 4-1 break. Nor can he let Øst in on a club change. Joe should fold the first spade, win the second spade, and lead the trump suit.

West wins and pushes with a spade, and Joe then leads a low trump. He is sure of 10 tricks.


You have: SKQJ 10 3 HQ 10 8 7 D 9 CKJ 8.

The dealer on the right opens a diamond. You flip a spade over and your mate bids two hearts. Opponents pass. What do you say?

ANSWER: Many couples would treat their partner’s suggestions as neither coercive nor encouraging. Still, he should have a decent heart suit and you have excellent support. Bid four hearts. You won’t make it if partner’s hand is aceless, but that’s unlikely.

West dealer

Neither side is vulnerable


S 7 6 2

H 6 5 3

DQ 10 7 4 2

C 9 7


SKQJ 10 3

HQ 10 8 7

D 9



S 9 5 4

H 9

D 8 6 5 3

C 10 6 4 3 2


SA 8

HAKJ 4 2



West North East South
1 S Pass Pass Dbl
Passed 2 D Passed 2 S
Passed 3 D Passed 3 H
Passed 4 H All Passed
Opening wire — SK

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