With the great number of Alerts in today’s game, some are looking for ways to reduce their incidence, but a bridge player should be constantly on alert. Alertness is a bridge state of
mind. Try the next puzzles to see if your sensors are wide open.
18. Both vulnerable, you (East) hold:
♠A K Q J 9 ♥7 6 2 ♦10 9 3 ♣J 4
The auction develops:
(1) Checkback Stayman, asking for four hearts or three spades.
You decided that you were too weak to overcall 2♠ (natural) at your first turn. Has your hour arrived?
19. None vulnerable, matchpoints, you (South) hold:
♠10 7 ♥K J 2 ♦7 6 4 ♣A J 5 3 2
West tables the ♥4, playing fourth-best leads. Dummy reveals:
You duck in dummy and East plays the ♥Q. Who holds the ♣Q?