It was supposed to be a sun-washed day. Instead, raindrops were doing needlepoint on the bridge club roof.

“If Noah had consulted a weatherman,” one player sighed, “there would have been a 30 percent chance of his building the Ark.”

Since bridge is an indoor pastime, the game went on. At today’s good slam, South ruffed the first club and drew trumps. He next led a spade to dummy’s king and a spade to his ace, and the sky grew darker when West discarded. East got two spades.

“The chance of a 4-1 spade break was only 28 percent,” South shrugged.


South’s play was all wet. When East discards on South’s second high trump, South should take the ace of spades and lead a spade toward dummy. If West declines to ruff, dummy’s king wins, and South concedes a spade to East and ruffs a spade in dummy to set up his fifth spade.

If instead West ruffs the second spade with his last trump, dummy plays low. South later takes the king and sets up his fifth spade by ruffing.


You hold: S Q 10 9 7 H 7 D Q 8 7 6 C A Q 7 4. Your partner opens one heart, you bid one spade, he rebids two hearts and you try 2NT. Partner then bids three clubs. What do you say?

ANSWER: Partner’s bidding suggests six hearts, four clubs and a minimum opening hand. If he held 4, A K J 6 5 2, A 4, K J 6 5, his second bid would have been three hearts or two clubs. Pass. Your game chances are next to zero. Many players would have passed partner’s two hearts.

North dealer

N-S vulnerable


S K 6 3

H K 8 6

D K 10 4

C K 8 5 3



H 10 4 2

D J 9 5 2

C J 10 9 6 2


S Q 10 9 7

H 7

D Q 8 7 6

C A Q 7 4


S A 8 5 4 2

H A Q J 9 5 3

D A 3

C None

North East South West
Pass Pass 1 H Pass
2 NT Pass 3 S Pass
4 H Pass 6 H All Pass

Opening lead — C J

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