Cape Breton Post - - Weekend Extras -

East over­took with the jack but South ducked. The con­tin­u­a­tion of the queen, per­force, drove out the ace as West con­trib­uted the three. South led a spade to the ace and fol­lowed with the jack fi­ness­ing East, the dan­ger hand, for the queen. West ex­ited with a heart for dummy's jack, De­clarer un­blocked the king of spades, crossed to the ace of hearts and fin­ished the spades, dis­card­ing a heart and a di­a­mond from hand. A di­a­mond to the queen was topped by the king but an over­trick was home, N-S +630. De­clarer had per­formed well by de­clin­ing to win the first club. At this vul­ner­a­bil­ity, it was quite pos­si­ble that East had pre-empted with a six-card suit and South will be in a world of trou­ble if he wins the ace of clubs.

De­clarer was con­strained to fi­nesse East for the spade queen for fear that East might re­gain the lead and cash the club win­ners.

South should have of­fered a take­out dou­ble in­stead of over­call­ing 3NT. North would have leaped to four spades, in this sce­nario, where eleven tricks would have been avail­able by play­ing West for the queen of spades.

East's pre-empt at fa­vor­able vul­ner­a­bil­ity was a good plan and was suc­cess­ful by driv­ing N-S into the wrong game.

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