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South topped the ten with the king to con­tinue with the jack of hearts for the queen and ace. West won the heart con­tin­u­a­tion to re­turn a spade, taken by the ace, and the nine of hearts ex­tracted the last trump as West parted with a club. The ten of clubs was ad­vanced for the three, queen and king. West cashed the ace of di­a­monds to exit with an­other for the king on which South dis­carded a spade. A club to the ace fetched a spade pitch from East but the eightspot was con­tin­ued for a ruff­ing fi­nesse re­sult­ing in ten tricks, N-S +170.

West had found the most ef­fec­tive open­ing lead but de­clarer was still able to bring home two over­tricks. South had been en­tirely too con­ser­va­tive in the auc­tion since he held 12 HCP and part­ner had of­fered a take­out dou­ble. He could have cue bid two clubs to force to game and sub­se­quently raise part­ner's two heart re­bid to game.

At equal vul­ner­a­bil­ity, a bet­ter ap­proach would be to pass the take­out dou­ble in an­tic­i­pa­tion of a huge set. West has nowhere to go and will pass but will be stranded in one club dou­bled. The partscore would cer­tainly fin­ish down two (+300) but down three (+500) re­mains as a very real pos­si­bil­ity. 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 ( ( Copy­right 2018 Torstar Syn­di­ca­tion Ser­vices

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