The advent of online bridge has eliminated part of the psychological aspect of bridge. It's hard to draw an inference from an opponent's remark or huddle when he's at a computer 5,000 miles away.
Today's West leads a club against 3NT, and South wins with the jack. A successful finesse in a major suit will give South nine tricks. Which finesse should he try?
If South is at a computer, the situation will be tougher to judge. If South leads the queen of spades and West plays low slowly, South must allow for a slow computer connection!
Online bridge lacks the social interaction that makes bridge an attractive pastime. Still, it has many advantages and is booming. Soon, major tournaments will be held online.
You hold: S A J 4 3 H A Q 7 D A K J 10 2 C 8. The dealer, at your right, opens one club. You double, and your partner bids one heart. What do you say?
ANSWER: Your partner may be completely broke, but since he could have a decent hand or a chunky heart suit, you must act again. Bid two diamonds, showing substantial extra strength. If partner holds a hand such as 9 5 2, K 10 8 6 4, Q 4, 9 7 6, he will bid two or three hearts, and you will raise.
S A J 4 3
H A Q 7
D A K J 10 2
S 10 8 7
H K 4 2