Goren Bridge Society

A gift

South decided that the play would be easier with the king of hearts established as a winner, so he discarded a diamond from the dummy on the opening heart lead. He was unlucky when the defense was able to get a club ruff. East won with his ace of hearts and shifted to his club. West won with the ace and returned the suit for East to ruff. The king of trumps was still to come and the contract failed by one trick.

“Could I have made it”, asked South? North would never have said a word if he wasn’t asked, but he answered truthfully. “I think so,” he said. “If you ruff the opening heart lead in dummy and lead clubs yourself, I don’t think they can defeat you. Say West wins and gives East a ruff. The best East can do is shift to the king of diamonds. You win that in dummy and lead the queen of spades. You need another heart ruff in dummy to get up to 10 tricks, so you must keep the ace of spades intact. Ducking the queen won’t help East. If he wins and either tries to cash a diamond or leads another trump, you will have no trouble getting another heart ruff and making your contract.”

There are other interesting defensive variations. We’ll leave those as a gift for interested readers.

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