National Post (Latest Edition) - - DIVERSIONS - By Paul Thurston

“I can re­sist any­thing but temp­ta­tion.” — Os­car Wilde

If he had been a bridge player, Mr. Wilde might have faced the same temp­ta­tion to­day’s South found him­self un­able to re­sist — and, this time, would have been very glad in­deed!

Af­ter a rou­tine se­quence to the heart game, de­clarer won dummy’s black Queen to call for the red one at trick two.

And when that drew the three and nine from his right and left hand op­po­nents re­spec­tively, South en­vi­sioned a pos­si­ble ten and nine dou­ble­ton on his left, a tempt­ing hold­ing that might al­low the en­tire suit to be scooped up with­out loss.

And the next play of the heart Jack from dummy, un­cov­ered by East of course, did just that when West fol­lowed suit with the an­tic­i­pated ten.

South con­tin­ued with a low spade to the ten and King and when West hun­grily played back the Jack of di­a­monds, East played low to re­tain his tenace over dummy’s King.

Not a good idea this time as South won the di­a­mond Queen and ex­tracted the lurk­ing trump be­fore cash­ing the spade ace to reap some more good luck.

Spade to the eight and the spade Jack to dump the last di­a­mond from the closed hand. Di­a­mond ruff, two top clubs and a club ruff, and South had amassed the star­tling to­tal of 12 tricks!

But imag­ine the strug­gle that might have en­sued if the temp­ta­tion to play trumps, as South did, had found that West had ducked the first round with three to the King and won the sec­ond round to play a third! Feed­back al­ways wel­come at

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