Cape Breton Post - - Advice/games - Au­thor: Dave Wil­lis- visit his web­site at­side­ 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, MSE 1E6

East cashed two spades fol­lowed by the ace of clubs and the con­tract was down one, N-S -200.

A nine card suit is in­deed a rar­ity but South's re­solve to ven­ture five di­a­monds may have yielded an eq­ui­table match­point re­sult. East could bring home ten tricks at spades when South be­gins with a top di­a­mond. The real ques­tion is how would the play un­fold. The di­a­mond lead is ruffed in dummy but East might con­tinue with with a heart fi­nesse, un­aware of the in­her­ent dan­ger. West ruffs to play another di­a­mond ruffed and over­ruffed. East de­liv­ers a sec­ond heart ruff and a third di­a­mond will be trumped and overtrumped. The truth is that East would never be per­mit­ted to play four spades be­cause this is a deal where both sides might make a game. The re­sults on this deal var­ied from five spades un­dou­bled down quite a few, six di­a­monds dou­bled and five spades dou­bled down sev­eral tricks. South was con­fronted with an is­sue af­ter the ma­jor suit open­ing. Should he of­fer a sim­ple over­call or leap to the mi­nor suit game? He elected to pro­ceed slowly since he held an open­ing bid but part­ner was a passed hand ren­der­ing any slam an un­likely propo­si­tion.

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