New Cana­dian Bridge

Cape Breton Post - - COMICS &PUZZLES -

West placed the seven of hearts on the ta­ble as de­clarer topped the queen with the king. A heart was con­tin­ued to dummy's ace, drop­ping the jack to East's cha­grin. The play of the ten of hearts fetched the deuce of di­a­monds from East. South then played di­a­monds from the top and could claim the grand slam when both op­po­nents fol­lowed to two rounds of the suit. West should not lead a heart ver­sus the grand slam, a be­gin­ning that gave the show away. East was vis­i­bly up­set that part­ner had started with a heart and had care­lessly dis­carded a diamond pre­sent­ing South with the con­tract.

South had sniffed out that the club king was off­side. West's fail­ure to lead a club sug­gested that his rounded suit hold­ings were not equal. West would surely have se­lected a club as an open­ing lead with noth­ing of value in the suit.

De­clarer could have tested di­a­monds at trick three and fallen back on a club fi­nesse for suc­cess when di­a­monds proved 4-2.

North had for­got­ten that Flan­nery was in their bid­ding tool­kit. There­fore, when he re­versed into spades, South had ev­ery right to be­lieve that part­ner owned 17+ HCP. South then em­ployed Black­wood and sailed into a grand slam when the re­sponse re­vealed three aces. The dis­play of the dummy was a huge dis­ap­point­ment but South cap­i­tal­ized on sloppy de­fense.

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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