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SKIL­FUL CARD-READ­ING

With all three vi­tal cards badly placed – the king of clubs and the king-queen of hearts – South had to demon­strate skil­ful card-read­ing in or­der to land her game con­tract on the fol­low­ing deal.

South’s re­open opened third po­si­tion. the first with bid­ding prob­lem a She weak might af­ter no-trump was West have how bid to had in a sim­ple a promis­ing con­ven­tional two length hearts, bid in of but hearts two she clubs, and pre­ferred one of the no-trumps mi­nor suits. was strong North’s and re­sponse forc­ing, of and two four the part­ner­ship hearts game. reached the rea­son­able

PROMIS­ING sight. The con­tin­ued con­tract West with led looked the the king two promis­ing when of spades East at first and sig­nalled and im­me­di­ately with the ran ten. the De­clarer queen of ruffed clubs, East pro­duced be­ing a lit­tle the king. dis­ap­pointed Ev­ery­thing when now it was de­pended un­for­tu­nately on the ob­vi­ous trump that suit, West and must hold both the king and queen of hearts to have even the weak­est of weak no-trumps.

South ruffed the spade re­turn and paused to con­sider the po­si­tion. One pos­si­bil­ity was to cash the ace of hearts, hop­ing to find West with king-queen dou­ble­ton, but de­clarer looked for some­thing bet­ter. It seemed likely from the bid­ding and play so far that West’s dis­tri­bu­tion was 4-3-3-3, and South de­cided to play on that as­sump­tion.

She cashed the ace of clubs, ruffed an­other spade and led the jack of clubs, ruff­ing in dummy just in case East had started with a dou­ble­ton club. South then cashed her three di­a­mond win­ners, leav­ing an end po­si­tion in which she held A-J-10 of hearts and West held K-Q-4. It was all over. South sim­ply ruffed a di­a­mond with the ten of hearts, and West could make only one trump trick.

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