NEW CANA­DIAN BRIDGE

THURS­DAY, SEPTEM­BER 24, 2020

Lethbridge Herald - - Herald Classified­s - Au­thor: Dave Wil­lis - visit his web­site at www.in­side­bridge.ca

Is­sues

The di­a­mond con­tin­u­a­tion was ruffed and South drew trump with the ace and king of spades. A sec­ond di­a­mond ruff was fol­lowed by the heart three for the four, queen and king. East re­turned the heart seven for the jack and ace.

West could not play a heart or South would score the eight and ten, dis­card­ing a club from dummy. He switched to the jack of clubs that rode to the queen. South cashed the ten of hearts on which East showed out. A club was con­tin­ued for the nine and ace cul­mi­nat­ing in nine tricks.

West was cor­rect in shift­ing to a club but he had se­lected the wrong card. Let him exit with a de­cep­tive ten of clubs. This de­fense will present de­clarer with a prob­lem. Should he play low from dummy or put up the king?

It is quite pos­si­ble that he would play dummy's king on the as­sump­tion that East held the jack. How­ever, East will win the ace and play an­other club to de­feat the con­tract.

South's re­solve to ven­ture a com­pet­i­tive three spades was based upon pos­ses­sion of a nine-card fit.

East would have brought home nine tricks in di­a­monds on this lay­out.

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