Cape Breton Post - - Weekend Extras -

South ducked the jack and queen of hearts but East per­sisted with a third one driv­ing driv­ing out the ace on which dummy parted with a spade. De­clarer con­tin­ued with the deuce of clubs for the four, eight and queen. East switched to a low spade as part­ner's jack dis­lodged the ace but, with both mi­nor suits break­ing 3-3, nine tricks rolled home, N-S +150.

The avoid­ance play in clubs was nec­es­sary to pre­vent West from gain­ing the lead and cash­ing the thir­teenth heart. This was not the best play for three club tricks but was ef­fec­tive on this lay­out. North was not in­clined to con­tinue in the auc­tion since part­ner's 1NT re­bid had promised a balanced 12-14 HCP. He had hopes that East might choose to bal­ance but 1NT was swiftly passed out. Two balanced hands with a com­bined 24 HCP do not make game a vi­able propo­si­tion but the fa­vor­able breaks in the mi­nors, in ad­di­tion to a wealth of in­ter­me­di­ates, re­sulted in nine tricks.

Sup­pose that N-S were em­ploy­ing a weaker range of 13-15 HCP for a 1NT open­ing. North would try Stay­man and ad­vance to 2NT when part­ner re­veals four hearts. South would ac­cept the in­vi­ta­tion by bid­ding 3NT.

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