New Cana­dian Bridge

Cape Breton Post - - COMICS & PUZZLES -

West chose the six of hearts for the five, queen and ace. De­clarer con­tin­ued with the ace of spades on which East dis­carded the five of clubs. South cashed the king of spades to fol­low with the ace and king of di­a­monds, dis­card­ing a heart from hand. A diamond ruff felled the queen and South played a club but West rose with the ace. He cashed two spades and ex­ited with the ten of hearts but South could claim ten tricks, N-S +420.

West's fail­ure to be­gin with a club in­ti­mated that he held the ace and, there­fore, the con­tract was safe in spite of the 4-0 trump di­vi­sion.

It is not too far fetched to imag­ine that some play­ers would try for slam with South's hand. The auc­tion might peter out at the five-level when South fears two club losers. In this sce­nario, West should make haste to be­gin with the ace of clubs to en­sure de­feat. West might even dou­ble five spades since he can be as­sured of two trump win­ners when North declines to raise spades. South's se­quence promised a self - suf­fi­cient suit but de­nied a strong hand since he had sim­ply re­bid his suit at the two-level. North held a min­i­mum open­ing bid with­out spade sup­port and wisely elected to quit.

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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