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East de­clined to cover dummy's jack as de­clarer led a club to the ace, cashed the ace of di­a­monds and ran the heart win­ners. South re­duced to four spades but East was com­pelled to re­tain the king of di­a­monds and thus only three spades. West was forced to keep the king of clubs and three spades but South's four of spades won the thir­teenth trick, N-S +1470. De­clarer could sim­ply have opted for a club fi­nesse but a squeeze was very likely to ma­te­ri­al­ize. At trick two, he runs the queen of clubs los­ing to the king but re­quires a squeeze for a twelfth win­ner when hearts break 4-1.

A 4-1 heart break would have cul­mi­nated in a multi-trick set but the odds fa­vored a 3-2 heart split. South could duck a heart but his trick to­tal would be re­duced to eleven. He would then re­quire a club fi­nesse or a squeeze for a twelfth trick.

At match­points, South's line of play was rea­son­able in search of an over­trick. At Imp scor­ing, he should ad­vance and pass the queen of clubs to give him­self the best chance of scor­ing twelve tricks.

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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