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Cape Breton Post - - ADVICE / GAMES / IN MEMORIAM - 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

South ducked two spades but West switched to the jack of hearts on which part­ner un­blocked the king. East won the sec­ond diamond, cashed the queen of hearts and con­tin­ued with the eight. The con­tract was down two, N-S - 200. South should have won the open­ing lead and driven out the ace of di­a­monds. Nine tricks will be avail­able as long as spades di­vide 4-4. On this lay­out, the de­fense will score four spades and the ace of di­a­monds to record a one-trick set. The mi­nor suit game is icy where North loses only a spade and a trump trick. How­ever, it ap­pears to be a tall or­der to reach five di­a­monds. South's de­ci­sion to ven­ture 3NT was rea­son­able de­spite hold­ing 8 HCP and a sketchy club hold­ing. Nine tricks would of­ten be avail­able since pos­ses­sion of the king of di­a­monds sug­gests that the suit will run. Un­for­tu­nately, North was miss­ing the ace and held too many val­ues in the club suit. The mi­nor suit game would be the fi­nal des­ti­na­tion if South elects to raise di­a­monds or per­haps tem­po­rize by re­bid­ding three hearts. The lat­ter ac­tion is hardly sug­gested with an ema­ci­ated five-card suit. This is a deal where it is vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble for N-S to at­tain their par.

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