Heather’s Hints by Heather Dhondy
Don’t Ruff Unless it Gains
played back to the king, partner discarding first, thereby preventing him from being
Game All. Dealer East. a club, and a winning spade is played from able to cash his ace, and then a club. In the
´ 32 declarer. How do you defend? three-card ending you will be able to claim
™ J653 This is the position you have reached: the rest.
t Q 10 7 6 5 This was the full deal:
´ Q 10 5 ´ —
™ Q872 N ™ J ´ 32
t 98 W t Q 10 7 6 5 ™ J653
® Q J 10 2 ® — t Q 10 7 6 5
´ — ® A7
™ Q8 N ´ Q 10 5 ´ A6
West North East South t 98 W ™ Q872 N ™ 9
1® 1´ ® J 10 t 98 S t KJ32
Dble Pass 2® 2™ ® Q J 10 2 ® K98653
3® 3™ Pass 4™ ´ KJ9874
All Pass What do you know about the remaining ™ A K 10 4
cards? Declarer is down to the singleton t A4
PLAYING TEAMS, South arrives in 4™ ten of trumps in hand, together with three ® 4
after East has opened 1®, and you, as West, established spades, and two diamonds.
have made a negative double over South’s Partner needs about 4 points in diamonds
1´ overcall, showing four hearts. to make up his opening bid, and if partner Could declarer have done better?
You lead the queen of clubs, taken by the holds the ace, the contract will be defeated Yes, he could, and probably should have
ace in dummy. A spade is now led to whatever you do; however, suppose he done. If, instead of crossing back to hand
declarer’s king and a second spade to holds the tK-J? Now if you ruff high, and with a second trump, he had crossed back
partner’s ace. Partner tries a second club, draw trumps, declarer will be able to cash to the ace of diamonds, he would have got
but this is ruffed by declarer who now ten tricks. If you ruff low, declarer will his diamond trick in the bag, and still have
cashes the ace of trumps, partner overruff, cross to hand in diamonds and had an entry to hand in trumps.
following with the nine, and ruffs a spade continue with spades. Is there any way to
low, knowing you to hold all the defeat the contract?
remaining trumps in defence, on which Don’t ruff at all! Instead let South cash Heather’s Hints
partner discards a diamond. A trump is all his spades, and discard your diamonds
• When deciding whether to ruff
high or low, work through each of
the possibilities before committing
HEREFORD’S LOSS IS NORFOLK’S GAIN yourself. Sometimes the answer is
not to ruff at all.
FOWNHOPE BRIDGE Club member Lily Boddington is 93 and she is moving with her
daughter and granddaughter from the Ross-on-Wye area to Norfolk, where the family
• If you have primary support for
partner’s major suit, your first
have spent many happy holidays. Lily lives completely independently of her family and priority should always be to
has bought a new home for herself. Even at this great age, Lily is still a very astute support partner. However, if you
player – but not only that, she is also a perfect role model for how bridge should be have primary support for partner’s
played. She is always welcoming and courteous towards opponents, and has a good minor, but also a four-card or
sense of humour, while still playing a competitive game. Lily directed in clubs across longer major, you should normally
Hereford until recent years and she is well known in all the Herefordshire clubs. She will
begin by investigating the major-
suit fit first, and support partner
be much missed, but hopes to continue playing bridge in Norfolkshire.
on the next round if no major-suit
fit comes to light. r
www.ebu.co.uk October 2012 English Bridge 9