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South won the ace and rode the nine of spades to the king. East re­turned the ten of clubs as part­ner scored the queen to con­tinue with the nine of clubs that was ruffed low in dummy but over­ruffed. East switched to a di­a­mond, driv­ing out the ace. The queen of hearts was suc­cess­fully passed, the ace was un­blocked and a spade to the ace drew trump. A heart ruff brought down the king and an over­trick was home, N-S +170.

If West had re­turned the deuce of clubs, South would have dis­carded a di­a­mond from the ta­ble as East ruffs. De­clarer will again score ten tricks. The Flan­nery open­ing promised five hearts and four spades with 11-15 HCP. South's jump to three spades was in­vi­ta­tional but North de­clined to bid game be­cause he held a bare-bones min­i­mum. The ma­jor suit game was not a vi­able propo­si­tion but South was able to cor­ral ten tricks with a very fa­vor­able lie of the heart suit and by guess­ing the trump suit. With­out Flan­nery amongst their agree­ments, South would re­spond one spade to the one heart open­ing where North would raise. Would South elect to make a try for game over the spade raise? Au­thor: 'DYH :LOOLV YLVLW KLV ZHEVLWH DW www.in­side­bridge.ca 4XHVWLRQV RQ EULGJH FDQ EH VHQW ZLWK D VWDPSHG VHOI DGGUHVVHG HQYHORSH WR 7KH 1HZ &DQDGLDQ %ULGJH F R 7RUVWDU 6\QGLFDWLRQ 6HUYLFHV 2QH <RQJH 6W 7RURQWR 0 ( ( Copy­right 2017 Torstar Syn­di­ca­tion Ser­vices

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