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Cape Breton Post - - LIFESTYLES -

De­clarer trumped the open­ing lead to fol­low with the top clubs and a ruff. A heart was led to the queen but West showed out on the con­tin­u­a­tion of the ace. South claimed twelve tricks con­ced­ing only a trump trick, N-S +680.

Thir­teen tricks were avail­able on this lay­out by play­ing East for the king and jack of hearts but this was hardly sug­gested with­out a peek at East's hand. With both op­po­nents bid­ding, it ap­pears to be an im­pos­si­ble task to reach a slam on this deal. The slam would not be a high per­cent­age con­tract if clubs had di­vided 4-2 but was icy on this lay­out. South's se­quence promised a strong hand with length in the un­bid suits, hearts and clubs. North had per­formed well by mus­ter­ing a heart raise hold­ing noth­ing but the ace of spades and fee­ble three-card heart sup­port. A more in­ter­est­ing ques­tion is whether he would have taken any ac­tion if West had passed two hearts. Is it not pos­si­ble that he might pass two hearts? A spade sac­ri­fice might have yielded a profit but South is un­likely to quit af­ter part­ner had raised hearts. He will cer­tainly ven­ture five hearts if E-W sac­ri­fice at four spades which, ad­mit­tedly, is very un­likely.

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.

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