BRIDGE

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PAUSE & PLAY -

East won the king, cashed the ace and con­tin­ued with the spade nine. De­clarer played low, of course, and the suit was blocked. Ten tricks were home, re­gard­less of West's play, with di­a­monds break­ing nor­mally, N-S +430. Noth­ing could be gained by cov­er­ing the nine of spades and de­clarer would suf­fer de­feat had he done so. South was in­deed for­tu­nate that East's spot card was the nine, cre­at­ing a block­age. South's re­solve to leap to 3NT ap­pears rea­son­able un­til North dis­played the dummy. I sup­pose that South might have re­bid three clubs in an ef­fort to en­sure that part­ner owned a spade stop­per. This ac­tion would cul­mi­nate in the mi­nor suit game where North would be com­pelled to play the club suit for one loser. The per­cent­ages fa­vor two fi­nesses through West los­ing only when East holds both the king and jack.

North ruffs the sec­ond spade, draws trump, leads a heart to dummy to ad­vance the queen of clubs. When East cov­ers with the king, the con­tract will be home. Sup­pose he elects to run the ten of clubs, los­ing to the jack. If East re­turns a third spade, West will be squeezed in the black suits by the run of red-suits. He will be com­pelled to bare the king of clubs to keep the mas­ter spade.

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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