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Cape Breton Post - - Obituaries/Advice/Games - 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.

West elected to start with the sin­gle­ton di­a­mond as de­clarer topped the jack with the ace. East took the queen of spades with the ace to fire back a suit pref­er­ence deuce of di­a­monds. Part­ner ruffed to re­turn a club as East scored the ace to de­liver a sec­ond di­a­mond ruff and the game was down one, N-S -50.

West dis­re­garded part­ner's dou­ble of the club cue bid to choose in­stead the sin­gle­ton di­a­mond which proved to be the killing lead. East could be cer­tain that part­ner had led a sin­gle­ton since he had asked for a club lead.

South will have an easy time when West se­lects a club. He wins the sec­ond club, draws trump and plays a di­a­mond to the king fol­lowed by an­other play­ing the ten when East de­clines to split his hon­ors.

South will lose a club, a di­a­mond and the ace of spades for a sat­is­fy­ing +420. North might have ad­vanced with two hearts but the ma­jor suit game would still be reached when South re­bids di­a­monds and raises spades. North judged it more im­por­tant to dis­close a three- card limit raise of spades via a club cue bid. He would have re­vealed four-card sup­port with a Ber­gen Raise.

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