The Telegram (St. John’s) - - CANADA - Au­thor: Dave Wil­lis - visit his web­site at­side­

West switched to the five of clubs when part­ner con­trib­uted the nine of spades. East topped the queen with the ace to re­turn the ten of spades. West cashed three spades on which East dis­carded two small di­a­monds. West con­tin­ued with king and an­other club as the de­fend­ers won the first nine tricks re­sult­ing in a three-trick set, NS -300. If West mis­tak­enly plays three rounds of spades, South would run for home with seven tricks to score a mod­est +90. West de­clined to take any ac­tion, most likely be­cause he had no con­ven­tional way to show the black suits with longer clubs. E-W could win ten tricks in a club partscore but +130 could not fa­vor­ably com­pare with the ac­tual re­sult. Sup­pose that South opens one di­a­mond, an ac­tion that will hand­cuff West be­cause he holds the wrong pat­tern for a take­out dou­ble (a dou­ble­ton heart). A vul­ner­a­ble two club over­call is hardly sug­gested but, if he passes as will North, the mi­nor suit open­ing will end the auc­tion when East de­clines to bal­ance. East can­not, in good con­science, con­sider a take­out dou­ble hold­ing a measly 7 HCP and a dou­ble­ton spade. 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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