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Stabroek News Sunday - - RECENT EVENTS REVIEW SATURDAY, MAY 19 TO FRIDAY MA -

North-South vul­ner­a­ble, North deals NORTH S-A Q 9 8 7 5 4 H-A D-A C-K Q 5 2 chance. How would you play it after the open­ing club lead went to the king and ace, and the jack of clubs came back? At the ta­ble, de­clarer shed a low di­a­mond from his hand and won with dummy’s queen. The ace of spades was fol­lowed by a spade ruff, and dummy was re-en­tered with the ace of hearts for another spade ruff. On this un­lucky lie of the cards, that line of play pro­moted a trump win­ner for West and South went down one. Can you do bet­ter? Of course you can! Dis­card a spade on the queen of clubs at trick two. Ruff a spade, cross back to dummy with the ace of hearts, and ruff another spade. Draw the trumps and claim. What’s the prob­lem? Many a make­able con­tract goes down after a care­less play by de­clarer at trick one. Some­times the play to trick one is rou­tine and the crit­i­cal de­ci­sion comes at trick two. EAST S-K 10 3 H-8 4 D-J 8 7 C-A J 10 9 3 SOUTH 2H 3H 4D 4NT 6H WEST Pass Pass Pass Pass All pass

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