New Cana­dian Bridge

Cape Breton Post - - COMICS & PUZZLES -

South won in hand to fol­low with ace and another trump. West con­trib­uted the ten but de­clarer put up the king drop­ping the queen. The last trump was ex­tracted and thir­teen tricks were home, N-S +1460.

It was ob­vi­ous that the open­ing lead was a sin­gle­ton and de­clarer was acutely aware that a los­ing spade fi­nesse might re­sult in de­feat. The lay­out that he feared ex­isted. If he takes a sec­ond round fi­nesse, East re­turns a diamond where West's ruff sets the slam. West would cer­tainly not be­gin with a sin­gle­ton when he held queen-ten fourth of spades.

North's two-level re­sponse was game-forc­ing but the sub­se­quent leap to four spades re­vealed a min­i­mum. South launched into Black­wood and set­tled into a small slam when part­ner's re­sponse promised the ace of hearts and the king of spades but de­nied the trump queen. South should have ven­tured 6NT be­cause he holds the ace and queen of clubs. West can­not prof­itably lead a club and South will have time to es­tab­lish the spade suit. Even if he loses a spade, twelve tricks will roll home as long as part­ner dis­plays a fifth diamond. The irony is that East will score the spade queen re­strict­ing de­clarer to twelve tricks.

Au­thor: Dave Wil­lis - visit his web­site at www.in­side­bridge.ca 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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