New Cana­dian Bridge

Cape Breton Post - - COMICS & PUZZLES - 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. Copy­right 2015 Torstar Sy

South dis­carded a heart on dummy's king of di­a­monds and con­tin­ued with a club to the jack. West grabbed the king to exit with a trump but de­clarer could ruff a heart, re­turn to hand by trumping a diamond and ex­tract the the ten of clubs. Two hearts could be parked on the pointed suit win­ners for twelve tricks, N-S +920. North em­ployed Fourth Suit Forc­ing to elicit more in­for­ma­tion from part­ner. He sub­se­quently set the trump by bid­ding four clubs. South cue bid the heart ace and North re­cip­ro­cated by dis­clos­ing the ace of spades. South then wheeled out the Grand Slam force ask­ing part­ner to bid seven clubs with two of the top three hon­ors (king-queen). North's re­fusal to raise hearts dic­tated that he could not hold more than a dou­ble­ton. South fully ex­pected that he could es­tab­lish the heart suit with a ruff or two. One heart ruff was suf­fi­cient when North dis­played four win­ners in the pointed suits. 6NT is icy be­cause N-S hold the ace-king in all three side suits but South would not en­ter­tain any no­tion of play in this strain with the 6-6 pat­tern.

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