Bridge

Cape Breton Post - - Advice/Games -

Dummy's queen fetched the ace but South ruffed and drew trump, dis­card­ing two spades from the table. De­clarer de­cided to take two heart fi­nesses in search of a twelfth trick. There­fore, he con­tin­ued with a heart to the ten which held the trick. A spade was dis­carded on the king of di­a­monds and fol­lowed by a di­a­mond ruff. South played off two more clubs catch­ing West in a triple squeeze. He was com­pelled to find a pitch from the king-jack of hearts, ten of di­a­monds and the king-ten of spades. He elected to throw a spade as dummy parted with the now use­less nine of di­a­monds. The play of the ace of spades felled the king and an over­trick was home, N-S +1390.

South had un­der­bid by a con­sid­er­able mar­gin since he was vir­tu­ally as­sured of nine tricks but he had learned that part­ner held an open­ing bid. He, there­fore, con­tin­ued with four clubs as a slam try and ad­vanced to the mi­nor suit slam when North cue bid four hearts dis­clos­ing the ace. 6NT could come home even if East starts with a spade. North must hop with the ace and take the dou­ble fi­nesse in hearts for twelve tricks.

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.

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