New Cana­dian Bridge

Cape Breton Post - - COMICS & PUZZLES - 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. Copy­right 2015 Torstar Sy

TO­DAY'S CROSSWORD PUZ­ZLE

South lost a club, the ace of di­a­monds and a trump trick with hearts break­ing 3-1, N-S +420. The sin­gle raise promised a good eight to a poor ten HCP with three-card sup­port and South re­acted pos­i­tively by leap­ing to the ma­jor suit game. Do you agree with South's de­ci­sion to bid game? There would be no trump loser when part­ner dis­played the queen or hearts di­vided 2-2 when the queen was miss­ing. The ad­vance to game gave no in­for­ma­tion to the op­po­nents re­gard­ing South's dis­tri­bu­tion. South would still be in with a chance when part­ner held the spade king in­stead of the club king. In the ab­sence of a club lead, South would be a fa­vorite to bring home ten tricks. The re­main­ing op­tion would be to re­bid three clubs as a help-suit game try. North would eval­u­ate his hand in light of this call. He would ad­vance to game with ei­ther club strength or short­ness but sign off at the three-level oth­er­wise. A sin­gle­ton club or his ac­tual hold­ing of the ace and king would merit a jump to game. The draw­back of the game try is that this ac­tion might en­hance the like­li­hood of a club lead. South would have pin­pointed the area of con­cern and he would cer­tainly not welcome the open­ing lead of a club.

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