A Bridge Phantasmagoria
In war, a good general will do everything in his power to cut the enemy’s communications and the same principle applies in the bridge game.
East-West game: South deals
North’s raise to four Hearts was more from impetus rather than from values. Playing second highest from rubbish, West led the spade six and the eight from dummy was covered by the ten and ace.
On the bidding, South was convinced that East held the ace of hearts probably twice guarded. If that were the case, it would be necessary to lead trumps from dummy twice and dummy’s diamonds provided the two required entries.
The queen of diamonds was led to the ace in order to confuse the issue and a trump was led from dummy. East played the jack, a knavish trick, to persuade South that he had a doubleton and would play to drop the ace.
South looked askance at that card, but decided to stick to his plan to lead trumps from dummy. He now led the ten of diamonds to the jack for a second trump from the table. East pounced with the ace and led a club to West who returned a diamond, ignoring South’s shenanigans in that suit and East ruffed to set the contract.
South complained, “That was some raise to game - an ace and three jacks which could be useless.”
“Maybe so,” replied North, “but you should have made it. Did you not notice the eight of diamonds on the first round?”
“I missed that,” admitted South, “but anyway it makes no difference, I still have to get to dummy twice or lose two trump tricks.”
“You still don’t get it. When you win the first trump trick you should simply lead the two of clubs. Now when East takes the ace of hearts, no way can he put his partner on lead and give him the ruff. It is called Cutting Communications concluded North, rubbing salt in the wound.