Bridge Hand I
In today’s hand, south got to a reasonable contract of 4 spades. He could count 8 top tricks in the black suits. His 9th and 10th tricks would come from trumping 2 diamonds in dummy. Since he needed only 2 trumps in dummy to trump the diamonds, he thought it would be wise to draw 2 rounds of trump. Of course to trump diamonds in dummy he had to give up a diamond trick. When he led a diamond, west won and led his last trump. Now south will have to lose another diamond for down 1. South should realize that missing 4 trumps, they will divide 3-1 half the time.
A much safer play would have been to give up a diamond trick early. Now he can trump 2 diamonds for his 9th and 10th tricks.
Gil Herod, author of this column, is a retired thoracic surgeon and
past president of Indiana Methodist Hospital Medical Staff.
He is a Gold Life Master in bridge, and an experienced bridge teacher,
certified by the American Contract Bridge League.