New Cana­dian Bridge

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South ducked the king and jack of hearts but East per­sisted with a third round driv­ing out the ace. This ap­peared to be a hope­less con­tract since not even a 3-3 spade break would be of as­sis­tance. West would be able to win a spade and cash the thir­teen heart to leave de­clarer with­out any hope of suc­cess. In sit­u­a­tions like this one it can do no harm to run the long suit. There­fore, de­clarer cashed four club win­ners dis­card­ing a spade from dummy. East could pitch one spade but was in trou­ble on the last club. He elected to dis­card a diamond but de­clarer con­tin­ued with the seven of di­a­monds. West rose with the jack and cashed the thir­teenth heart but the eight of di­a­monds fur­nished a game-ful­fill­ing ninth trick, N-S +600.

To de­feat the con­tract, East must not play a third heart but switch to a spade. This de­fense will leave de­clarer with­out re­source and the game will drift down one. 3NT would be a likely land­ing at all ta­bles when North in­vites game and South moves on to the nine-trick con­tract. The fi­nal re­sult would be de­ter­mined by East's de­fense since we can sur­mise that a heart would be cho­sen as an open­ing lead at vir­tu­ally all ta­bles. Ques­tions on bridge can be sent with a stamped, self-ad­dressed en­ve­lope to The New Cana­dian Bridge c/o Torstar Syn­di­ca­tion Ser­vices, One Yonge St., Toronto, M5E 1E6.

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