Frank Stewart

Here’s one more chance to show off your skill at finding a killing opening lead. Look at the auction, visualize the dummy and try to anticipate the play — and a winning defense.

The actual West, having bid diamonds, led the ace and queen against four spades. Declarer threw a club on dummy’s king and started the trumps. When East won the second trump, he led a club, but South took the ace and cashed three hearts to discard his last club. Making five.

«Maybe not the best defense,» East sighed.

HEART SUIT

It wasn’t. North’s bidding showed a heart suit, a diamond trick and game-invitational values. South advertised a…[button link=»http://www.mercurynews.com/comics/ci_24749271/bridge-january-01-2013″ size=»small» window=»yes»]Click here[/button] to continue reading