Bridge by Phillip Alder 2-18-95

The final bridge player of the week who operates under a pseudonym is Don
Yarmy. By what name do we know him?

Signaling is a difficult but vital part of defense. You want to give partner the
right information. But will he always be confident you know what he needs
to know? Sitting East on todayís deal was a young Australian player, Avon
Wilsmore. He averted disaster with a thoughtful signal.

Defending against four spades, with which club should East signal at trick
one?

You might not like Eastís three-diamond raise, particularly with no honor
in the suit. But he had to consider the possibility of a profitable sacrifice
given the prevailing vulnerability.

Many players would drop a discouraging club two at trick one. Yet it is wrong. Clearly, partner has led a singleton ace or from A-x. If the former, do you foresee the danger? At trick two, partner is likely to lead a low diamond, playing you for the king. As you donít have the king, you must signal with the club 10.

If partner has a doubleton club, he will treat this as a come-on signal and lead another club, which is fine. If he has a singleton, though, he will read the 10 as a suit-preference signal for hearts.

And thatís what happened. Wilsmoreís partner switched to a heart at trick two. Wilsmore won trick three with the spade ace and gave his partner a club ruff. The diamond ace was the fourth defensive trick.

Don Yarmy is better known as Don Adams of "Get Smart" fame, which has just been reincarnated on the Fox network.

©1995 by NEA Inc.

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