Bridge: Sept. 21, 2022

In the antique trade, an object must be 100 years old before it is deemed “antique.” Today’s famous deal is younger; it arose 75 years ago.

East-West were Charles Goren and Helen Sobel. Against two hearts, Sobel cashed the K-A of diamonds. Goren played the nine and deuce, and when Sobel continued with the jack, South threw a club loser from dummy (not best) instead of ruffing high or low at the cost of a trump trick. Goren discarded the jack of clubs.


Helen Sobel had remarkable card sense. At Trick Four she led the NINE of clubs. Goren won with the king and returned a club, and Sobel won and led a fourth diamond. When dummy discarded, Goren ruffed with his ten of trumps, and when South overruffed with the queen, Sobel’s J-8-6 was worth the setting trick.

Unless the defense cashes its club winners first, the “uppercut” fails: South discards another club from dummy.

2025 is the centennial year of contract bridge. Let’s hope it’s not antiquated by then.


You hold: S Q J 7 H Q 9 7 5 D 10 5 4 C Q 8 4. Your partner opens one club, you respond one heart and he bids one spade. What do you say?

ANSWER: Since your partner did not jump at his second turn, he has fewer than 19 points. You scraped up a response with seven junky points, hence your game chances must be next to zero. Pass. Opener’s non-jump change of suit is not forcing. One spade will be a playable contract, or no worse than anything else.

West dealer

Neither side vulnerable


S A K 8 2

H A K 4 2

D Q 6

C 6 5 2


S 6 5

H J 8 6

D A K J 8 7 3

C A 9


S 10 9 4 3

H 10 3

D 9 2

C K J 10 7 3


S Q J 7

H Q 9 7 5

D 10 5 4

C Q 8 4

West North East South
1 D Dbl Pass 1 H
2 D 2 H All Pass
Opening lead — D K

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Source:: The Mercury News


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