New Cana­dian Bridge

Cape Breton Post - - COMICS & PUZZLES - Au­thor: Dave Wil­lis - visit his web­site at­side­ 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

East put up the ace to re­turn the heart jack as South won the king, dis­card­ing a spade from the ta­ble. Five club win­ners came next on which West had to find three dis­cards. He parted with a spade and a diamond but was pres­sured by the last club. He elected to throw a heart but now South could play a spade, driv­ing out the ace. West could cash two hearts but nine tricks were home, N-S +400. A sec­ond diamond dis­card will re­sult in ten tricks when the top di­a­monds drop the queen. The early play re­vealed that West needed the queen of di­a­monds for an open­ing bid and South was con­fi­dent of suc­cess when clubs di­vided 22.

North's leap to three hearts was a splin­ter show­ing a sin­gle­ton heart, ex­cel­lent club sup­port and a strong hand. This ac­tion asked South to make an in­formed de­ci­sion re­gard­ing the fi­nal con­tract. South had no de­sire to play in clubs and chose to ad­vance to 3NT with a heart stop­per. The mi­nor suit game is icy be­cause trumps break 2-2 where the de­fense scores only the ma­jor suit aces.

East should of­fer a heart raise over the dou­ble which will put up a road­block that will be dif­fi­cult for the op­po­nents to over­come. Af­ter two passes, North will re-open with a dou­ble but it is far from clear that game will be reached.

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