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West con­tin­ued hearts when part­ner en­cour­aged. East won the king to re­turn a suit pref­er­ence jack of hearts. West ruffed and ex­ited with a low di­a­mond as part­ner trumped but lost his nat­u­ral trump win­ner. South did not lose a club, with the king in the slot, but could not avoid the loss of the king of di­a­monds and the partscore fin­ished down one, N-S -50.

Dou­ble dummy, the de­fense could emerge with the first six tricks when West starts with a di­a­mond.

North had re­jected the game try by sign­ing off at three spades which was quite a rea­son­able con­tract un­til the foul lay­out was re­vealed.

Per­versely, a NIT con­tract will fare well on this deal. The king of clubs is on­side and South is guar­an­teed a heart trick with the jack re­sid­ing in East. Even if West be­gins with an un­likely ace and an­other heart where a third one clears the suit, South will be able to fi­nesse in both mi­nors and will emerge with nine tricks.

It is some­what sur­pris­ing that East de­clined to en­ter the waters. He could have of­fered an Unusual 2NT over­call promis­ing five hearts and five clubs. South would dou­ble but would be faced with a prob­lem when West's ad­vance to three clubs is passed around to him. A penalty dou­ble is sug­gested, at this vul­ner­a­bil­ity, fetch­ing N-S a match­point top. Au­thor: 'DYH :LOOLV YLVLW KLV ZHEVLWH DW­side­ 4XHVWLRQV RQ EULGJH FDQ EH VHQW ZLWK D VWDPSHG VHOI DGGUHVVHG HQYHORSH WR 7KH 1HZ &DQDGLDQ %ULGJH F R 7RUVWDU 6\QGLFDWLRQ 6HUYLFHV 2QH <RQJH 6W 7RURQWR 0 ( ( Copy­right 2017 Torstar Syn­di­ca­tion Ser­vices

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