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Cape Breton Post - - ADVICE/GAMES - Au­thor: Dave Wil­lis - visit his web­site at www.in­side­bridge.ca Ques­tions on bridge can be sent with stamped, self- ad­dressed en­ve­lope to The New Cana­dian Bridge c/o Torstar syn­di­ca­tion Ser­vices, One Yonge st., Toronto, M5E 1E6 Copy­right 2017 Torstar Syndi

South won dummy's ace and drew trump dis­card­ing a heart from the ta­ble. An ad­vance of the nine of di­a­monds posed a prob­lem for West. Should he grab the ace or play low? Af­ter some thought he hopped with the ace and switched to the queen of hearts and the game was soon down one, N-S -50.

If West fails to take the ace of di­a­monds, ten tricks roll home. He could have re­turned a club on this lay­out be­cause de­clarer has no en­try to dummy to ac­cess the di­a­mond win­ners. The club lead had pre­sented the de­fense with their best chance of set­ting the con­tract. If West be­gins with the queen of hearts, South should play dummy's king since he does not want a club switch. East wins the ace. Would he re­turn a di­a­mond or a heart? West may con­clude that he holds a sin­gle­ton if he re­turns a di­a­mond. A re­turn of the deuce of hearts might also con­vince West that South holds ten third of hearts. West could eas­ily go wrong, al­low­ing the game to come home. North's 1NT re­bid was off­shape and he owned a solid 15 HCP. This ac­tion gave East an op­por­tu­nity to of­fer a lead­di­rect­ing over­call. South might have con­sid­ered a leap to 3NT since he owned eight spade win­ners.

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