BRIDGE

National Post (National Edition) - - WEEKEND DIVERSIONS - By Paul Thurston Feed­back al­ways wel­come at tweedguy@gmail.com

Bid­ding weaponry that seems to have in­fected Euro­pean tour­na­ments more than North Amer­i­can events was on view here. West’s open­ing bid showed a weak hand with five spades and five cards in ether mi­nor.

No real harm done to im­pede North-South as they reached a sen­si­ble notrump game af­ter South de­cided to ex­press the over­all value of his hand, with­out be­ing un­duly con­cerned about the lack of a real di­a­mond stop­per. And he did have a po­ten­tially use­ful source of tricks in clubs.

Di­a­mond stop­per? Who needs one as the fourth-best lead went to the nine and queen.

Given the roadmap pro­vided by the open­ing bid, South em­barked on a very pretty line of play that gave him solid chances with just a dol­lop of de­cep­tion added in.

First, a heart to the ace (no point tak­ing a fi­nesse that rates to lose!) for a club to the queen. Judg­ing that the king wasn’t due to come down in one more round, South cashed his top spades and ex­ited his hand by play­ing a low di­a­mond to­ward dummy.

Now maybe West might have ducked but from his per­spec­tive, it ap­peared that South, hav­ing started with QJx of di­a­monds for his notrump bid, was try­ing to steal an en­try to dummy.

Hav­ing none of that, the de­fender won his king and cashed the ace to dis­cover he’d been had!

Yes, he could take two more di­a­mond tricks, but then had to give South an en­try to dummy by play­ing a spade or, just as bad, re­turn a club for de­clarer to mop up the rest of that suit.

Nice bids, those two-suited weakies!

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