BRIDGE

Saskatoon StarPhoenix - - CLASSIFIED - BY DAVE WIL­LIS

South won in hand and drew trump in three rounds as East dis­carded two spades. A spade to the king was topped by the ace as East re­turned the queen of hearts. The ace of hearts was fol­lowed by a diamond on which West, not un­ex­pect­edly, pitched a heart. South faced his cards con­ced­ing a heart and a diamond trick for down one, N-S -50.

South should have con­tin­ued with the queen of spades and a spade ruff. West will be re­duced to hearts and, rather for­tu­itously, must win the heart exit, with the eight-spot in dummy. The forced heart re­turn, a ruff and dis­card, per­mits de­clarer to trump in one hand and pitch a diamond from the other to score eleven tricks and earn the game bonus.

East must re­turn the seven of hearts so that he can win the sec­ond heart and exit with the jack of di­a­monds to de­feat the con­tract.

South should have ven­tured 3NT over the pre-empt re­ly­ing upon part­ner to fur­nish suf­fi­cient val­ues and a spade stop­per to make the nine-trick game a vi­able con­tract. South could emerge with two over­tricks by win­ning the sec­ond heart and, sub­se­quently, squeez­ing East in spades and di­a­monds. Au­thor: Dave Wil­lis - visit his web­site at www.in­side­bridge.ca 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.

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