Cape Breton Post - - WEEKEND EXTRAS -

De­clarer con­tin­ued with the ace of clubs dis­card­ing a spade and ruffed a club. Two spades were pitched from dummy on the di­a­mond win­ners and fol­lowed by a spade ruff. A third club fetched a spade from East as South ruffed and trumped an­other spade with the heart nine. A fourth club saw East go in with the ten of hearts as de­clarer over­ruffed with the queen. The king of spades was trumped with the heart jack and all play­ers had been re­duced to three cards with the lead in dummy. South held the ace-king-seven of hearts over East's eight-fivedeuce, N-S +510. The trump coup had brought home an im­pres­sive thir­teen tricks.

South could have set­tled for twelve tricks by driv­ing out the ace of spades. He could then ruff a spade in dummy, pitch an­other on the ace of clubs and draw trump. How­ever, the open­ing lead had given him the chance of scor­ing thir­teen tricks.

Af­ter a club ruff had felled the jack, he could emerge with thir­teen tricks if clubs broke 33 and trump di­vided 2-2. A heart to the jack fol­lowed by a club ruff would yield an­other thir­teen tricks. How­ever, this line was way against the odds. South de­clined to ad­vance be­yond game be­cause he held a club void and could not be cer­tain that North held three­card heart sup­port. North might have raised with a dou­ble­ton for lack of a vi­able al­ter­na­tive.

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