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East won the king but shifted to the jack of clubs for the queen and king. West re­turned a club but South drew trump and drove out the ace of di­a­monds to score ten tricks, N-S +170.

North's bits and pieces were just enough to make the ma­jor suit game a good con­tract. Part­ner's take­out dou­ble fol­lowed by the in­tro­duc­tion of hearts did in­deed prom­ise a strong hand with at least five hearts. How­ever, North did not en­ter­tain any no­tion of a raise to game. He owned mod­est heart sup­port but vir­tu­ally noth­ing else of value although the ten of di­a­monds proved to be a valu­able card.

South might have of­fered a sec­ond take­out dou­ble but this ac­tion would cause part­ner to bid three clubs. South, un­doubt­edly, would con­vert this ad­vance to three hearts but this se­quence is un­likely to con­vince North to bid the ma­jor suit game. Per­haps South should have cue bid three spades as Michaels to dis­close a mon­ster hand with hearts and a mi­nor. This ac­tion would force North, who holds a vir­tual Yar­bor­ough, to ven­ture four hearts.

This was a dif­fi­cult deal for N-S to reach their par. 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. Copy­right 2018 Torstar Syn­di­ca­tion Ser­vices

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