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Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM / LIFESTYLES - 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.

South won the ten to con­tinue with the club three for the four, ten and king. East switched to the ten of spades cov­ered by the jack and queen. The heart exit was taken by the king and was fol­lowed by the club seven for the queen and ace. De­clarer crossed to the nine of clubs to lead a diamond for the king and ace. East re­turned a spade as part­ner scored two more spades and the game drifted down one, N-S -100.

The Ital­ians long ago em­ployed a Ro­man Two Diamond open­ing (17-24 HCP) to show a three- suited hand such as North's. This con­ven­tion fell into obliv­ion un­til it was res­ur­rected with a much lower range. Some part­ner­ships nowa­days play Mini- Ro­man show­ing 11-15 HCP with a three-suited hand. The dis­tri­bu­tion can be 4,4,4,1 or 5,4,4,0. North had per­formed well to de­scribe his pat­tern with­out the aid of Mini-Ro­man. The two club re­bid was a white lie since he did not own a fifth diamond. When part­ner re­bid two spades, he con­tin­ued with three hearts pin­point­ing the spade short­ness but also dis­clos­ing a strong hand. He could not hold five di­a­monds and four hearts as he would have re­versed into hearts at his sec­ond turn. South could, there­fore, con­clude that part­ner's dis­tri­bu­tion was 1,4,4,4 and opted for the ninet­rick game.

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