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The Telegram (St. John’s) - - LIFE -

South played low from the ta­ble as East put up the king and switched to the queen of clubs. West won the ace to re­turn an­other club for the king. De­clarer cashed the ace and king of hearts to run the spade win­ners, dis­card­ing two di­a­monds. East ruffed the fourth spade with the jack of hearts as South parted with a third di­a­mond. The con­tract was down one since de­clarer still had to lose two di­a­monds and the heart queen, N-S -50. South could emerge with eight tricks by win­ning the ace of spades ( the king was clearly off­side) to play a di­a­mond. East will likely win the ace and switch to a club. West takes the ace to exit with a club for the king. De­clarer plays an­other di­a­mond where a di­a­mond ruff in dummy will fur­nish a chance to bring home the con­tract.

N-S had landed in an em­i­nently playable con­tract on this mis­fit.

1NT was forc­ing but South con­verted part­ner's two club re­bid to two hearts with­out much con­fi­dence. The dis­play of the dou­ble­ton king of hearts was a bless­ing.

East held the best hand at the ta­ble but de­clined to par­tic­i­pate in the auc­tion. In truth, E-W did not have a fit and it is not clear that East could even make 1NT.

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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