New Cana­dian Bridge


De­clarer ruffed the diamond lead, drew trump and con­ceded the ace of clubs, N-S +1430. The slam was an ex­cel­lent con­tract that would only be de­feated when the op­po­nents could man­age a club ruff.

The con­struc­tive raise promised 8-9 HCP with ex­actly three-card sup­port and South could en­vi­sion twelve tricks as long as part­ner owned a rounded suit ace. The leap to five di­a­monds func­tioned as Ex­clu­sion Black­wood ask­ing North for con­trols but telling him not to count the the ace of di­a­monds be­cause South was void. The first step re­sponse dis­closed one con­trol, ei­ther the ace of hearts or clubs, and South hap­pily ad­vanced to a small slam. Some play­ers would have opened two clubs with South's hand but the ma­jor suit open­ing was a good plan. This ac­tion would rarely be passed out since South held twelve black cards. This be­gin­ning con­served bid­ding space and gave South an op­por­tu­nity to find a black suit fit be­fore set­tling into a fi­nal des­ti­na­tion. North would re­spond two hearts to a two club open­ing promis­ing a five-card suit with two of the top three hon­ors. He would sub­se­quently raise spades and South would again jump to five di­a­monds as Ex­clu­sion Black­wood hop­ing that part­ner held the ace of clubs in ad­di­tion to the ace of hearts. 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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