Silence is golden

November 11, 2022 12:01 pm | Updated 12:01 pm IST

goren bridge

Our thanks to Canadian expert John Carruthers, who was sitting West, for bringing this deal to our attention. It is from a Canadian Seniors team competition.

Carruthers did not think there was much future for the defence in leading clubs and he found the inspired lead of a heart. The two is a better lead against a slam, according to Carruthers, as the king should only be led from a singleton or from king-queen. That way, partner can overtake the king if he has the ace and return the suit, knowing that you can win the second trick. Well done for any heart lead, as only a heart lead could defeat the slam. Nice lead!

At the other table the West player, remarkably, passed as dealer. It went one spade, pass, one no trump and, believe it or not, West passed again. North jump shifted to three diamonds and South, holding a hand that was brimming with slam potential, made a splinter bid of five clubs. North, alas, was not on the same wavelength and passed. West, showing no imagination in his card play, led a pedestrian 10 of spades. Declarer took one trick in every suit for down seven!

West’s remarkable passes at his first two turns led to his getting to defend a contract holding eight pretty good trumps. He may never bid again.

Top News Today

Comments

Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.