None vulnerable

Play Bridge: Flannery hand playing in two Clubs

A Flannery hand opens Two Diamonds with five Hearts and four Spades and 11 to 15 HCP’s.

A Flannery hand opens Two Diamonds with five Hearts and four Spades and 11 to 15 HCP’s.

The bidding: South, not playing Flannery, with 13 HCP’s, opens One Heart. West has an opening hand, but with five of his opponent’s suit, he does not have a bid. West passes because a double asks partner to bid Spades with four of them, and a Two Heart bid is a direct cuebid showing five Spades and five of a minor.

North bids a forcing No Trump showing 5 to 12 HCP’s denying four Spades and four Hearts. Partner cannot pass and must bid his second longest suit. In this case, his hand is not strong enough for a reverse, so he cannot bid Two Spades. Instead, he must bid his better (longer) minor, Clubs. North has 5 to 9 HCP’s and passes partner at the two-level.

The Play: West wants to lead a low trump because he has length and values in Hearts and he is afraid they will be ruffed out. South actually does not want to ruff Hearts because those are long hand ruffs which do not gain a trick while short hand ruffs do.

However, there are two trump holdings, one never makes an opening lead from, a singleton or Qxx. Since West has the latter, he makes the natural lead of the Diamond Ace from Ace King.  Partner plays the Diamond Six showing an even number, and West, suspecting declarer has a singleton, does not cash the King.

Seeing the Club Ace and King in dummy, he switches to a low trump because he does not want declarer to get short-hand Diamond ruffs.

Declarer wins the Club Ace and plays the Diamond Jack. He does not cash either Heart honour because he does not want the defenders making him ruff in the long trump hand. He will pitch a Spade later.

East does not cover so declarer lets it ride and West wins the King and leads another low trump. Declarer wins the Club King and places the Diamond Ten on the table and East ducks again. Declarer sluffs a heart and the Ten wins. He plays the Diamond Nine and East covers. Declarer ruffs with the last trump in dummy. He then cashes both Heart honours in his hand, pitching a Spade from Dummy.

Declarer cashes the Spade Ace and ruffs a Spade and plays his good diamonds. West can ruff in when he wants. Declarer will lose no Spades, no Hearts, two Diamonds and one Club, making Two Clubs plus two for +130.

Note: If South opened Two Diamonds, Flannery, North would not be so fortunate playing a major. So Forcing No Trump got South to the correct minor contract.

Just Posted

Life insurance can be a business expense

Tax Tips & Pits with Ron Clarke, Trail Times columnist

BC senior curling championship slides into Trail

The Trail Curling Association hosts 16 men’s and women’s teams in the senior provincial championship

Snoopy shows up in snowy Silver City

What You See: If you have a recent photo to share email (large size please) to

South Slocan woman killed in Friday crash

Police continue to investigate cause of fatal crash

Centennials end Trail Smoke Eaters’ win streak

The Trail Smoke Eaters lost a close 6-4 match to the Merritt Centennials on Saturday

Mermen calendar targets ‘toxic masculinity,’ raises big money for charities

Newfoundland and Labrador Beard and Moustache Club gave a cheque for more than $202,000 to Violence Prevention NL

Minister says plans to fight poverty, climate change, focus of B.C. budget

The NDP said in its throne speech last week that affordability will be the hallmark of its initiatives

UPDATED: ‘Violent’ B.C. man back in custody after Alberta arrest

Prince George man with ties to Vernon was being sought by police

After a week away, SNC-Lavalin questions await MPs returning to Parliament

Two have resigned already: Jody Wilson-Raybould was veterans affairs minister and Gerald Butts was Trudeau’s principal secretary

‘How did we get here?’: B.C. mom of transplant recipient worries about measles outbreaks

Addison, 7, cannot get a live vaccine because she has a heart transplant

Poverty coalition has high hopes for B.C. poverty reduction strategy

Funding allocation expected to be released with 2019 budget

Chanel: Iconic couturier Karl Lagerfeld has died

He spent virtually his entire career at luxury labels catering to the very wealthy

Interior Health on high alert for possible measles cases

No reports of the disease yet, but regular travel to the Coast could bring measles to the Interior

Lost a ring? This B.C. man will find it for you

Chris Turner founded The Ring Finders, an international directory of metal detector hobbyists

Most Read