New Cana­dian Bridge

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De­clarer put up the ten but East re­fused to cover. A trump was con­tin­ued to the jack and the play of the ace ex­tracted the king. The ten of di­a­monds was ad­vanced and passed but East pro­duced the queen and switched to the nine of spades. West scored the king and the game was soon down one, N-S -100. De­clarer would have earned ten tricks and the game bonus by putting up the king of di­a­monds. West had a dif­fi­cult lead and the se­lec­tion of a trump had ben­e­fited de­clarer. The ace of di­a­monds would have ob­vi­ated any guess in that suit. Sup­pose West con­tin­ues di­a­monds as South puts up the king, drop­ping the queen. On this lay­out, South must then play the ten of hearts to pick up the trump suit. He loses the king of spades and the ace of clubs but the con­tract is home. North was too ag­gres­sive, in my view. It is clear that he in­tended to raise hearts at his sec­ond turn to dis­close a weak hand. How­ever, South's jump to 3NT pre­sented another prob­lem. North had no de­sire to be­come de­clarer in the ninet­rick game and con­verted to four hearts. North should pass the ma­jor suit open­ing, hold­ing a mis­er­able 5 HCP with­out a ruff­ing value.

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