Cape Breton Post - - LIFESTYLES/IN MEMORIAM - 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. Copy­right 2015 Torstar Sy

West switched to the deuce of spades for the three, king and ace. De­clarer con­tin­ued with a diamond to­wards the dummy win­ning the king when West played low. A heart was ad­vanced to­wards the closed hand but the jack was in­serted when East con­trib­uted the deuce. West scored the queen and cleared trump by play­ing queen and another. South won in hand and tried the ef­fect of the king of hearts. East was en­ti­tled to two heart tricks but eight tricks were home, N-S +110. East had per­formed well by not ris­ing with the ace of hearts but it was quite clear from the auc­tion that de­clarer held heart length. South had the op­tion of over­call­ing two hearts which would not be a cue­bid but nat­u­ral, show­ing long and strong hearts. When the op­po­nents have bid two suits, an over­call in ei­ther suit is nat­u­ral. South had two ways to re­veal length in the un­bid suits. He could of­fer a take­out dou­ble or an Un­usual NT over­call (1NT or 2NT). E-W had been wise to sub­side on this lay­out since they have nowhere to play even though they hold a 22-18 HCP ad­van­tage. West's re­solve to open one club in­stead of 1NT was odd as was the de­ci­sion to re­bid a mod­est five-bag­ger.

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