Bridge: Feb. 10, 2023

The tale may or may not be true, but supposedly Pepsi’s ad agency miscalculated years ago when it introduced the phrase “Come alive; you’re in the Pepsi generation” in China. When translated into Chinese, the ad came out as “Pepsi brings your ancestors back from the grave.”

Today’s declarer had a major miscalculation. After leaping to six spades, reasonably enough, he won West’s club opening lead with the ace and took the A-K-Q of trumps.

When East discarded, South lost the fourth trump to West, won the next club in dummy and tried the A-K of diamonds. He hoped for a 2-2 break, but no luck: The result was down two.


South succeeds with a little care. After he takes the top trumps, he leads a diamond to dummy, ruffs a heart and leads a second diamond. If West ruffs with his jack of trumps, South plays low from dummy and easily takes the rest.

If instead West discards on the second diamond, South wins in dummy and ruffs a diamond. West can get only his high trump.


You hold: S J 5 4 3 H K 8 7 2 D J C Q J 10 9. Your partner opens one diamond, you respond one heart and he bids two clubs. The opponents pass. What do you say?

ANSWER: Partner’s hand is limited to 18 points, and he may have as few as 11 or 12. Your game chances are almost nil. Pass. You would raise to three clubs with A543,K872,J,Q1094, but your actual hand is too weak for a raise and contains honors that may be useless at a club contract.

North dealer

N-S vulnerable


S None

H J 10 6

D A K 7 6 4 3 2

C K 6 4


S J 5 4 3

H K 8 7 2


C Q J 10 9


S 6 2

H A Q 9 5 4 3

D Q 10 9

C 8 7


S A K Q 10 9 8 7

H None

D 8 5

C A 5 3 2

North East South West
1 D 2 H 2 S 4 H
Pass Pass 6 S All Pass
Opening lead — C Q

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