Bridge

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PAUSE & PLAY -

East en­cour­aged with the spade ten as West con­tin­ued with the queen col­lect­ing the deuce from part­ner. De­clarer played low from dummy on the switch to the ten of clubs. East won the ace to exit with a club for the king. De­clarer drew trump, led the deuce of di­a­monds to the jack and could claim ten tricks when the ace of di­a­monds dropped the king, N-S +420. West had wisely shifted to a club lest de­clarer bring home an over­trick with the fa­vor­able lie of the di­a­mond suit. If West ex­its with a trump, de­clarer will be able to dis­pose of two clubs from hand on the di­a­mond win­ners. A com­pet­i­tive auc­tion had driven N-S to a sketchy game but South man­aged to emerge with ten tricks on this fa­vor­able lay­out.

East could man­age nine tricks at spades and, per­haps, should have con­sid­ered a sac­ri­fice since a dou­ble fit ex­isted in the black suits. North is likely to dou­ble but a re­sult of +100 will not be suf­fi­cient com­pen­sa­tion for the heart game. In fact, this re­sult would might prove to be a match­point top be­cause N-S would score +170 in a heart partscore.

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