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Daily Southtown - - NEWS - — Bob Jones, tcaed­i­[email protected]

The club’s Satur­day night du­pli­cate had just started when Hard Luck Louie found him­self sit­ting West in to­day’s deal. De­clarer won the open­ing trump lead in dummy with the ace and ran the jack of cubs. Louie won this with his queen and led an­other spade, taken by de­clarer with the seven in hand. South led the king of clubs, cov­ered with the ace by Louie, and ruffed with dummy’s last trump. South led a heart to his queen and Louie’s ace. Louie ex­ited with a club, but South won this with his 10 and drew trumps in two more rounds. This was fol­lowed by the ace and an­other di­a­mond. De­clarer claimed 10 tricks when Louie played the king of di­a­monds. Lucky Larry de­fended the same con­tract two rounds later. The early de­fense was the same, but there was a sub­tle dif­fer­ence when de­clarer led the king of clubs. Larry rea­soned that South would have made his le­git­i­mate play for a club trick by lead­ing a club to his king ear­lier un­less he held the 10 of clubs. There was no need, in that case, to cover the king, so Larry played low. South dis­carded a heart from dummy and ruffed the 10 of clubs with dummy’s last trump. A heart to the queen and ace put Larry on lead to play an­other club, but de­clarer had to ruff it. South could draw trumps, but he would then have no trumps left and Larry would be sit­ting with the king of di­a­monds and a good club. Nice de­fense.

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