New Cana­dian Bridge

Cape Breton Post - - WEEKEND| 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 led another spade but de­clarer ruffed away East's jack to con­tinue with the king and ten of hearts. The ace of hearts was fol­lowed by a sec­ond spade ruff and dummy was en­tered with the queen of di­a­monds to draw the last trump on which South threw a club. De­clarer led a diamond to hand and was about to claim twelve tricks un­til West showed out. He turned his at­ten­tion to clubs by cash­ing the ace and fol­lowed with the queen for a ruff­ing fi­nesse. With the king re­sid­ing in West as ex­pected, two over­tricks were in the bank, N-S +480. The open­ing lead of a diamond might have al­tered the re­sult. De­clarer will con­clude that West has led a sin­gle­ton but how will he play the trump suit? If he loses a heart fi­nesse, West could po­ten­tially score a diamond ruff.

South was in a dif­fi­cult po­si­tion when East of­fered a spade raise. An ad­vance to three hearts would be in­ter­preted as a com­pet­i­tive ac­tion. South held a solid 16 HCP, a sin­gle­ton spade and four hearts. The auc­tion sug­gested that North held few spade val­ues and, there­fore, a leap to the ma­jor suit game was in­di­cated. This ac­tion would not al­ways be a win­ning de­ci­sion but North's dis­play of the dummy was all that South could have hoped for.

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