New Cana­dian Bridge

Cape Breton Post - - LEISURE PAGE - 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.

West con­tin­ued hearts when part­ner con­trib­uted an en­cour­ag­ing eight-spot. East won the king and de­liv­ered the ruff, leav­ing West with a prob­lem. He elected to exit with a safe trump and the de­fense even­tu­ally scored two diamond tricks, N-S +110. A spade lead would have been just as ef­fec­tive since de­clarer must draw trump to pre­vent a heart ruff. East wins the first heart but switches to a diamond where a third round of the suit forces out de­clarer's last trump. When West wins the heart ace, he cashes a long diamond re­strict­ing South to another eight tricks. Sup­pose that North chooses to bid 1NT (forc­ing) in­tend­ing to re­bid three spades at his next turn to show a three-card limit raise. South will re­bid two hearts and North will set­tle for a raise to three hearts that will end the auc­tion. The 4-4 fit would ap­pear to yield nine tricks but East should be able to se­cure a spade ruff, hold­ing de­clarer to eight tricks. East must take care to win the first heart and shift to a spade to se­cure the ruff. The open­ing lead of a spade could cul­mi­nate in two ruffs when de­clarer wins in dummy to ad­vance the queen of hearts. East must play the king and can reach part­ner twice in di­a­monds.

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