Bridge

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South topped the ten with the ace, drew trump and played a club. Three club ruffs es­tab­lished dummy's fifth club as a twelfth win­ner, N-S +620. North's bal­anc­ing 2NT was take­out for the mi­nors but South's col­lec­tion war­ranted a leap to five di­a­monds. A ten card fit, the ace of spades, the king of hearts and a sin­gle­ton club mer­ited strong ac­tion. Slam es­sen­tially de­pended upon a 2-1 trump break, in ad­di­tion to a 4-3 club di­vi­sion. South was for­tu­nate that part­ner did not dis­play wasted club val­ues such as the king­jack but in­stead re­vealed an un­likely ace of hearts. It would ap­pear to be im­pos­si­ble to reach six di­a­monds un­less North ag­gres­sively ven­tures an Un­usual 2NT over­call (not sug­gested) at his first turn in the auc­tion. In this sce­nario, South might well choose to drive to slam, con­clud­ing that North must hold a fair hand. A spade con­tract could be held to seven tricks when South be­gins with the sin­gle­ton club to score two ruffs. North owns two en­tries to de­liver the ruffs but a one or two trick set of a spade con­tract would fur­nish in­suf­fi­cient com­pen­sa­tion for the vul­ner­a­ble mi­nor suit game. Au­thor: 'DYH :LOOLV YLVLW KLV ZHEVLWH DW www.in­side­bridge.ca 4XHVWLRQV RQ EULGJH FDQ EH VHQW ZLWK D VWDPSHG VHOI DGGUHVVHG HQYHORSH WR 7KH 1HZ &DQDGLDQ %ULGJH F R 7RUVWDU 6\QGLFDWLRQ 6HUYLFHV 2QH <RQJH 6W 7RURQWR 0 ( (

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