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HE NEEDS ONLY ONE LOWLY SPOT-CARD

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - YOUR DAILY BREAK - by Phillip Alder

Joyce Brothers, a psy­chol­o­gist and au­thor, said, "A philoso­pher is a per­son who doesn't care which side his bread is but­tered on; he knows he eats both sides any­way."

Yes­ter­day, we looked at de­clarer's mak­ing five di­a­monds in this deal af­ter West cashed two spade win­ners, then ex­ited with a heart. What re­source did West miss?

The bid­ding was in­tri­cate. North's sec­ond-round twospade cue-bid showed his hand strength. His three-spade cue­bid on the next round was an un­suc­cess­ful at­tempt to reach three no-trump if South had a spade stop­per.

West, af­ter tak­ing his two spade tricks, should check the high-card points. He has 12, and dummy holds 13. That leaves only 15 un­ac­counted for. South surely has the club and heart aces and, pre­sum­ably, no more sidesuit losers. West should won­der how his side might col­lect a trump trick. How­ever, he should also re­al­ize that de­clarer knows that he, West, has the di­a­mond queen. But be­cause West has such good trump spots, the eight and nine, there is a chance for a trump pro­mo­tion.

At trick three, West should lead the spade four -- a loser, not a win­ner, when you want part­ner to ruff. Then the spot­light turns to East. He knows from the bid­ding that South is also out of spades. What is his part­ner do­ing? He must be try­ing for an up­per­cut. To play his part, East ruffs with the di­a­mond four.

Note that when South over­ruffs with the 10, West gains a trump trick to de­feat the con­tract.

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