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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

GOREN BRIDGE
WITH BOB JONES
©2021 Tribune Content Agency, LLC

OPENING LEADS
North-South vulnerable, South deals
NORTH
♠ K Q J 10 5
♥743
♦32
♣J96
WEST
EAST
♠A8643
♠92
♥ J 10
♥86
♦QJ75
♦ A 10 9 8
♣ 10 5
♣AQ832
SOUTH
♠7
♥AKQ952
♦K64
♣K74
The bidding:

SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST
1♥
Pass
1♠
Dbl
3♥
Pass
4♥
All pass

Opening lead: 10 of ♣
Today’s deal is from a recent
online competition between two
European teams. At the other table,
East never entered the auction and
North passed South’s invitational
jump rebid. The queen of diamonds
lead, the favorable position of the
club honors, and the 2-2 trump split
made 10 tricks a breeze.
At this table, East made a takeout double at the one level – a

reasonable choice. West led the
10 of clubs, which declarer covered
with dummy’s jack. East won with
the ace and continued the suit. South
successfully ran this to dummy’s
nine, drew the trumps, and easily
took 10 tricks. Could the defense
have done better?
Yes! East should have covered the
jack of clubs with the queen at trick
one and let South’s king win the
trick. At some point, West would win
his ace of spades and lead another
club. East’s ace-eight of clubs would
be sitting over dummy’s nine and
East would take two club tricks and
the diamond ace to go with West’s
ace of spades. Down one!
Old-timers will remember “top of
nothing” leads, where the 10 might
be led from three or four cards. East
would have to grab his ace at trick
one or risk losing it. In the modern
game, the lead of the 10, without the
nine, suggests shortness. East would
still have to decide whether partner
had a singleton or a doubleton club,
but the winning defense would be
easier to find.
(Bob Jones welcomes readers’
responses sent in care of this
newspaper or to Tribune Content
Agency, LLC., 16650 Westgrove
Dr., Suite 175, Addison, TX 75001.)

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