Fri­day, Septem­ber 25, 2020

Medicine Hat News - - CLASSIFIED­S - Au­thor: Dave Willis - visit his web­site at­side­ 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.

East rose with the king, when dummy fol­lowed with the four, and re­turned an­other heart. De­clarer con­tin­ued with a di­a­mond to the queen and un­blocked the ace and queen of spades as East dis­carded a heart. A heart to the ace per­mit­ted South to cash the king and jack of spades on which he parted with two clubs. A di­a­mond to the jack was fol­lowed by the ace re­sult­ing in nine tricks, N-S +150.

East had per­formed well by re­fus­ing to part with a di­a­mond or de­clarer would have emerged with ten tricks.

West was con­fronted with an open­ing lead prob­lem. Part­ner was marked with a sin­gle­ton spade but any other choice had lit­tle ap­peal. Un­for­tu­nately, the heart lead gave de­clarer a sec­ond heart trick. A spade lead is harm­less on this lay­out where de­clarer will be taxed be­cause of the lack of en­tries to dummy. South will con­tinue with a sec­ond spade dis­cov­er­ing the 5-1 break and then ad­vance the queen of di­a­monds for the king to en­sure eight tricks. East may switch to a club as West wins but must not play two more rounds or the club queen will be­come South's ninth win­ner.

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