September 2020 - 58

Advanced Players

My Bridge and Yours
BY FRANK STEWART

In a sectional open pairs, I have an
advancing partner. Both sides are vulnerable, and I'm North with a balanced
12-count:
♠A J 8 7 ♥Q 4 ♦A 10 4 ♣J 10 9 5.
My partner, the dealer, opens 1♠,
and West passes. This hand is an
absolute high-card minimum to force,
but I do have two 10s, and to stay out
of game in a one-session pair game is
to invite a zero. So I respond 2NT, the
forcing raise in our methods.

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Actually, I prefer to use some other
call as a forcing raise. The old-style
natural and forcing 2NT response,
showing a balanced hand with sidesuit stoppers, may be too valuable to
give up, in my opinion.
The opponents stay out, and my
partner ponders and bids 3♠, a slam
suggestion. If he were content to play
at 4♠, he would have bid it.
I suppose I could cuebid 4♦ now;
many experts would. But my slam-bidding philosophy is that a cuebid shows
interest, and with my minimum, I have
none. I sign off at 4♠, but South persists with 5♣. Now I can cuebid 5♦,
and he tries 5♥. He may be trying to get
to a grand slam, but I can only bid 5♠.
Partner carries on to 6♠, passed out.
West leads the ♥J, and partner has
this to work with:
♠AJ87
♥Q4
♦ A 10 4
♣ J 10 9 5
♠ K Q 10 9 5 3 2
♥A5
♦KJ3
♣A
He plays dummy's ♥Q, but East covers. Declarer takes the ace and cogitates. He cashes the ♣A, leads a trump
to dummy (both following) and returns
the ♣J, pitching his losing heart when
East follows low. West takes the queen
and leads a high heart.
My partner ruffs that and takes the
♦K and ♦A. When no queen appears,

he leads dummy's ♣10. When East
plays low, South throws his ♦J, but
West produces the ♣K for down one.
The full deal:

♠6
♥ J 10 9 8
♦8652
♣KQ63

♠AJ87
♥Q4
♦ A 10 4
♣ J 10 9 5

♠4
♥K7632
♦Q97
♣8742
♠ K Q 10 9 5 3 2
♥A5
♦KJ3
♣A

"The double ruffing finesse looked
like a sure thing," my partner says ruefully. "I thought the man would have
led the ♣K if he had both honors."
I could afford to be supportive of my
partner's effort. He bid his hand well
and made a disciplined stop at 6♠. He
drew a reasonable though unproductive inference from the opening lead
and gave himself an extra chance for
the slam by cashing the top diamonds.
But the late chess icon Bobby Fischer
offered this advice: "You have found a
good move. Bravo! But wait. There may
be a better move."
South should lead a trump to dummy
at the third trick, ruff a club, and get
to dummy with trumps to ruff two
more clubs. Then he exits with a heart.
Whichever defender wins must lead
either another heart, conceding a fatal
ruff-sluff, or a diamond, guessing the
queen for declarer.
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September 2020

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of September 2020

In First Seat - Paul Linxwiler
Inbox -Letters to the Editor
A Message from the President
The Recruiter King
The Rise and Fall of the Precision Team
Eyes on the Street
BBO Helpdesk
NABC Robot Individual
Play the Cards You're Dealt
Endless Summer Results
Defensive Maneuvers – part 4
Ruling the Game
The Bidding Box
It's Your Call
Card Play 101 - by Phillip Alder
Parrish the Thought - Adam Parrish
Reasoning with Robert - Robert Todd
Startup Bridge by Lynn Berg
Lessons Learned by Michael Berkowitz
Bidding Basics by Larry Cohen
Ask Jerry - by Jerry Helms
Mike's Bridge Lesson - Mike Lawrence
Chalk Talk- Eddie Kantar
Boehm on Bridge
Better Bridge with Bergen-Marty Bergen
Challenge of the Month
The Real Deal - by Larry Cohen
West Hands -Bidding Box
Bidding Matters - by Karen Walker
East Hands -Bidding Box
Test Your Play
Mike's Advice - by Mike Lawrence
Solutions to Test Your Play
My Bridge and Yours - by Frank Stewart
Dear Billy - by Billy Miller
Bridge with the Abbot - by David Bird
George's World - by George Jacobs
Life Master Milestones
New Life Masters
Puzzle Page
In Memoriam
Obituary - Sue Erwin (1943-2020)
Obituary - Clint Wright (1944-2020)
Obituary - Norma Sands (1938-2020)
Obituary - Carol Aitken (190-2020)
Obituary - Carol Linch (1935-2020)
Obituary - Barbara Hamman (1937-2020)
Obituary - Maria Teresa Lavazza (1937-2020)
Obituary - janet P. Breed (1935-2020)
Tournament Directory
September 2020 - 1
September 2020 - 2
September 2020 - 3
September 2020 - 4
September 2020 - 5
September 2020 - In First Seat - Paul Linxwiler
September 2020 - Inbox -Letters to the Editor
September 2020 - 8
September 2020 - A Message from the President
September 2020 - The Recruiter King
September 2020 - 11
September 2020 - The Rise and Fall of the Precision Team
September 2020 - 13
September 2020 - 14
September 2020 - 15
September 2020 - 16
September 2020 - 17
September 2020 - Eyes on the Street
September 2020 - 19
September 2020 - BBO Helpdesk
September 2020 - 21
September 2020 - NABC Robot Individual
September 2020 - Play the Cards You're Dealt
September 2020 - Endless Summer Results
September 2020 - 25
September 2020 - 26
September 2020 - 27
September 2020 - 28
September 2020 - Defensive Maneuvers – part 4
September 2020 - Ruling the Game
September 2020 - 31
September 2020 - The Bidding Box
September 2020 - 33
September 2020 - 34
September 2020 - 35
September 2020 - It's Your Call
September 2020 - 37
September 2020 - 38
September 2020 - 39
September 2020 - Card Play 101 - by Phillip Alder
September 2020 - Parrish the Thought - Adam Parrish
September 2020 - Reasoning with Robert - Robert Todd
September 2020 - Startup Bridge by Lynn Berg
September 2020 - Lessons Learned by Michael Berkowitz
September 2020 - Bidding Basics by Larry Cohen
September 2020 - 46
September 2020 - Ask Jerry - by Jerry Helms
September 2020 - Mike's Bridge Lesson - Mike Lawrence
September 2020 - Chalk Talk- Eddie Kantar
September 2020 - Boehm on Bridge
September 2020 - Better Bridge with Bergen-Marty Bergen
September 2020 - Challenge of the Month
September 2020 - West Hands -Bidding Box
September 2020 - Bidding Matters - by Karen Walker
September 2020 - Test Your Play
September 2020 - Mike's Advice - by Mike Lawrence
September 2020 - Solutions to Test Your Play
September 2020 - My Bridge and Yours - by Frank Stewart
September 2020 - Dear Billy - by Billy Miller
September 2020 - Bridge with the Abbot - by David Bird
September 2020 - George's World - by George Jacobs
September 2020 - Life Master Milestones
September 2020 - 63
September 2020 - New Life Masters
September 2020 - Puzzle Page
September 2020 - Obituary - Clint Wright (1944-2020)
September 2020 - Obituary - Barbara Hamman (1937-2020)
September 2020 - 68
September 2020 - Obituary - janet P. Breed (1935-2020)
September 2020 - 70
September 2020 - Tournament Directory
September 2020 - 72
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