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Cape Breton Post - - Advice/Games -

West switched to the king of di­a­monds but South won the ace, drew trump in three rounds and could claim twelve tricks, N-S +980.

Not even a 5-0 club di­vi­sion could have both­ered South be­cause a club ruff would have es­tab­lished a long club as a twelfth win­ner.

North's re­solve to splin­ter show­ing ad­e­quate trump sup­port and a sin­gle­ton heart had cul­mi­nated in the ex­cel­lent slam. This action did not prom­ise ex­tra val­ues but rather a hand that was worth a raise to the ma­jor suit game.

On the way to four spades, it could not cost to dis­close heart short­ness.

E-W own an eight-card heart fit and a nine-card di­a­mond fit but the ad­verse vul­ner­a­bil­ity was a huge road­block. Hearts would be prob­lem­atic be­cause of the 4-1 break but West could cor­ral nine tricks in di­a­monds with trump break­ing 2-2. How­ever, West was not in­clined to con­tinue in the auc­tion since it was clear that East could hold few val­ues. South's ad­vance to two spades had re­vealed a good hand and the vul­ner­a­bil­ity was a con­tribut­ing fac­tor in the de­ci­sion to re­main silent.

Au­thor: Dave Wil­lis - visit his web­site at www.in­side­bridge.ca 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, M5E 1E6. Copy­right 2017 Torstar Syn­di­ca­tion Ser­vices

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