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102. Saturday - November 20, 1999 : A CHANCE TO SHINE

North

J 10 8
9 6
K 7 5 3 2
K 6 2

 

West

East

 









 

South

 

A Q 9 6 5
J 7 5
Q 9
A 5 4

 

South

West

North

East

 
 

 

 

 

 

This deal, from a Swiss Teams, gave both declarer and defender a chance to shine. Try it as declarer.

South usually bought the contract in three spades after West had bid strongly in hearts. West began with A-K-Q, East showing a doubleton. Now what?

SOLUTION

North

J 10 8
9 6
K 7 5 3 2
K 6 2

 

West

East

 

7 3
A K Q 10 3 2
A 4
Q 7 3

K 4 2
8 4
J 10 8 6
J 10 9 8

 

South

 

A Q 9 6 5
J 7 5
Q 9
A 5 4

At one table, South ruffed the third heart and East overruffed and returned the J.

Declarer won the club with the ace in hand and immediately played the Q. He was able to establish the long diamond in dummy and pitch his losing club.

East missed a chance for the defense. When he overruffed the dummy, he should return a trump. This will remove a vital entry and the contract would fail.

Declarer also missed an opportunity. On the third heart he should discard a club from dummy and now the defense cannot hurt him. Did you find that play?



Bridge Today, Mar-Apr 1995, Martin Hoffman, p. 13

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