Oct. 27, 2022 – The Mercury News

Some couples let the little frustrations of their marriage surface at the bridge table. They should recall this Ogden Nash poem:

“To keep your marriage brimming, with love in the loving cup, whenever you’re wrong, admit it. Whenever you’re right, shut up.”

Today’s North-South could have made 3NT but overbid instead to four hearts. West led the K-A of spades and then the eight. Dummy played the nine, and East … ruffed with the five of trumps.


South overruffed with the six, led a club to dummy and returned the jack of trumps: queen, king. He drew trumps with the ace and ten, lost a diamond to the ace and claimed.

“Ruff the third spade with the nine,” West growled. “Eventually, my eight will get to be high.”

“You’re right,” East admitted.

I have more respect for East than for West. West should have saved his critical analysis for after the game. Pointing out partner’s errors at the table is only likely to distract him or her — and induce further errors.


You hold: S A K J 8 7 H 8 3 2 D A 6 2 C 8 4. You open one spade, and your partner bids two hearts. What do you say?

ANSWER: A two-heart response to one spade suggests a five-card or longer suit (rarely, a four-card suit so strong that a raise with three-card support would be welcomed). Bid three hearts. You might rebid two spades with six good spades before supporting the hearts, but to raise directly is better here.

South dealer

N-S vulnerable


S Q 9 5 2

H J 4

D 9 3

C A K Q 7 3


S A K J 8 7

H 8 3 2

D A 6 2

C 8 4


S 10 4

H Q 9 5

D 8 7 4

C J 10 9 6 2


S 6 3

H A K 10 7 6

D K Q J 10 5

C 5

South West North East
1 H 1 S 2 C Pass
2 D Pass 2 NT Pass
3 D Pass 3 H Pass
4 H(!) All Pass
Opening lead — S K

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