Goren Bridge Society

Another roadmap

North-South vulnerable, South deals

The “Unusual No Trump,” showing 5-5 in the minors, is a popular convention for tournament players. The West hand is a good example of the bid. When the opponents buy the contract, however, these bids often provide a roadmap for declarer in the play of the hand. The defence to this bid is pretty standard and North’s three diamond bid showed spades and at least invitational values.

South won the opening heart lead with his ace and led a low club. Dummy’s king won when West played low, so declarer crossed back to his hand with the ace of spades and led another club. West rose with his ace and continued clubs to dummy’s queen as South shed a low heart. Decision time! West, assuming he was 5-5 in the minors, only had one major suit card remaining. Unless that card was precisely the queen of spades, the contract could not be made with straightforward play. South would have to lose two diamonds and a spade to go with the club trick already lost. Should West’s last major-suit card be a heart, the contract could still be made, and South showed us how.

He cashed the king of hearts and ruffed a heart as West discarded a diamond. Dummy was re-entered with the ace of diamonds and another heart was ruffed. South exited with the queen of diamonds to West’s king, but when West tried to cash the jack of diamonds, East was forced to ruff and lead a spade away from his queen. Making four!

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