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Bridge Club May 25, 2005

Who is the Dangerous Player?

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This interesting hand illustrates an important lesson in the play of the hand: When you have a two-way finesse, try to keep the dangerous hand off lead. The declarer of this hand was pushed to four notrump and so had to make 10 tricks on the lead of a small club. He will obviously go down in a big way if he loses a finesse for the spade queen to the north hand, because a club lead will reveal that his king is alone and he will lose the rest of the club tricks and go down. If south were to win, that player would not know for sure that the king is bare, and might not cash the club ace. It so happens on this hand that the winning play coincides with the smart play of finessing north for the queen.

For the players in five diamonds, that play is more important because if north gains the lead he will make the obvious switch to the heart jack and declarer will lose two tricks in hearts. If south has to lead hearts, the king is protected. This all seems obvious when you look at the hand on paper, but our declarer finessed to the north hand and went down.

On Sunday, May 1, several players were recognized by the Boise ACBL Unit for their accomplishments. Gerry Silvester is a new life master; and Betty Kelly, Gary Belew, and Al Babineau are all new silver life masters. Congratulations to all!

Several local players went to Casper, Wyoming, last week to play in the regional tournament there, and we will tell who did well and look at some of the hands that we played.

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