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Stamford Bridge Club hosts charity morning in aid of MindSpace

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We held our annual charity morning in support of MindSpace a couple of weeks ago, writes Marcus Witt of Stamford Bridge Club.

It was a great success with 50 people taking part in the bridge event, and others coming along for the coffee break and raffle. Whilst the amount of the donation has yet to be finalised we will have raised in excess of £1,000 for this worthwhile cause.

MindSpace’s work is concerned with improving the mental wellbeing of the whole community. We know that, psychologically, the pandemic has created problems for many people. It is a fitting time to help this local charity.

Marcus Witt
Marcus Witt

Hand of the Week

Today’s hand, for once, was not played at the club but appeared in The Bridge World, a leading publication on the game. Apart from the first two positive calls, the bidding was natural with South grateful that partner gave more club support than the auction may have suggested. West led S10 and all appeared to be plain sailing. Declarer would hope to draw trumps painlessly and ruff the diamond loser in the dummy. South would give the defence their heart but claim 12 tricks from two spades, three diamonds, a diamond ruff and six clubs.

When South cashed CA, however, West showed out (better than East showing out as the contract would never make). If declarer could reach dummy, the marked finesse against CQ could follow. But what is the entry to dummy? The one potential entry would be through a diamond ruff but if declarer cashes two diamonds and ruffs a diamond, East overruffs and the contract fails. No, the solution is subtle. After drawing a trump, cash the second spade and two diamond winners. Now exit with HK. East wins but is endplayed, forced to return a major to give declarer the vital entry (the spade through a ruff and discard, the heart to dummy’s winner). The club finesse can now be taken to bring the slam home. Had East been dealt a third diamond, its return could have been ruffed painlessly in dummy. You may say “what if West had HA?”

Hand diagram
Hand diagram

Now West could play a diamond for partner to overruff dummy. True, but South would be no worse off than trying to effect that ruff him/herself.


This is a good example of getting the defence to do declarer’s work. Here declarer, by eliminating spades and taking out East’s diamond exit cards, forced that hand to make a favourable return.

Playing cards
Playing cards

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