BRIDGE with Bob Jones

The Province - - COFFEE BREAK -

Hard-Luck Louie was work­ing hard dur­ing the club’s Satur­day night du­pli­cate. His two-heart con­tract looked easy, but this was du­pli­cate, where over­tricks are cru­cial.

Louie won the open­ing spade lead and went af­ter the clubs by lead­ing a low one from his hand.

West ac­cu­rately stepped up with his queen of clubs and shifted to a di­a­mond. The good di­a­mond spot cards en­abled Louie to hold his di­a­mond losers to one by duck­ing in dummy and later lead­ing a di­a­mond to dummy’s eight.

One loser in each suit left Louie with an over­trick he was proud of.

Lucky Larry was also the de­clarer in two hearts af­ter the same auc­tion.

Larry got the same queen of spades lead, but he de­cided to duck it. West con­tin­ued with a spade to East’s king, but Larry ducked this also!

East shifted to a club, but Larry stepped up with his ace, dis­carded a club on the ace of spades, and ruffed a club.

Larry cashed dummy’s ace of hearts and crossed back to his hand with the king of hearts.

Another club ruff es­tab­lished the clubs, thanks to the lucky 3-3 split. Larry gave a trump trick to East, but he could claim the bal­ance.

Larry’s two long clubs pro­vided dis­cards for two di­a­monds in dummy and Larry had emerged with two over­tricks and a splen­did score on the board. Well played!

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