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Cape Breton Post - - IN MEMORIAM/ADVICE - 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 grabbed the ace, un­blocked the king of clubs and led a spade to the king. A heart was parked on the club ace but South was con­fronted with a de­ci­sion. He could set­tle for twelve tricks by ruff­ing a di­a­mond in hand to draw trump con­ced­ing only a heart. How­ever, this line gives up a chance of win­ning thir­teen tricks. He elected to play a third club in the hope of bring­ing down the queen. When East con­trib­uted the seven, should he ruff with the ten or a top spade? He chose to play the spade ten but West over­ruffed and cashed a heart re­strict­ing him to eleven tricks. This line would have suc­ceeded when clubs broke 33 or when West did not own the jack of spades. At match­points, it was quite rea­son­able to at­tempt to win thir­teen tricks al­though the re­sult was dis­ap­point­ing. If N-S had reached a spade slam, de­clarer would un­doubt­edly play in a fash­ion to guar­an­tee suc­cess. He would fol­low at trick five with ace and a di­a­mond ruff to draw trump, con­ced­ing only a heart trick. Many pairs would not reach slam on this deal where it would be im­por­tant to guar­an­tee the slam bonus. Should North have in­vited slam by ad­vanc­ing to five spades in search of a heart con­trol?

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