Bridge: January 15, 2022

Columns “Simple Saturday” focus on basic technique and logical thinking.

A wink may be the quickest way to get yourself into trouble, but drawing trumps too early can be a close second. In today’s deal, South jumped to four hearts on his second turn, fair enough. (A bid of three hearts would have only invited play.) West led the jack of diamonds and South won with dummy’s ace… and drew trumps.

South then led a club and the dummies king won. He then attempted a spade to his king, but West took the ace and led a second of diamonds. He set up a diamond winner for the defense while still holding the ace of clubs, so South lost four tricks.


South failed because he drew trumps too early. He can lead a trump to his hand at Trick Two but then a club. West ducks, and the king wins.

South can then take the remaining trumps and lead a second club. West wins, but South can win the diamond return and place his losing diamond on the queen of clubs to secure the contract.


You have: S 10 6 5 2 H 7 3 ROOF 5 CKQ 6 2. The dealer to your left opens three hearts. Your partner doubles and the next player stands. What do you say?

ANSWER: This is a delicate situation. Partner must have a hand worth at least 17 points, plus support for the unbid suits, so you have a game somewhere. You could jump to four of spades, but if he doubled with only three cards in spades, offer four hearts to let him pick a suit.

North dealer

NS vulnerable


S 10 6 5 2

H7 3


CKQ 6 2


SA 8 7

H 5 2

DJ 10 9 2

CA 10 8 7


SQJ 9 4

H9 8 4

DQ 8 6

CJ 9 3


SK 3

HAKQJ 10 6

D7 4 3

C 5 4

North East South West
1 C Pass 1 H Pass
1S Pass 4H All Pass

Opening leader – DJ

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