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The Commercial Appeal - - Viewpoint - FRANK STE­WART

TRI­BUNE CON­TENT AGENCY

“My hus­band and I go over the deals we play,” a club player told me. “When I do some­thing wrong, we ‘dis­cuss’ it, and it’s like hear­ing”

My friend was East. West’s two clubs con­ven­tion­ally showed length in both ma­jors. North’s three hearts was a “splin­ter,” show­ing a club fit and heart short­ness. Against six clubs, West led the king of hearts. FI­NESSE “I played the ten,” East said, “and my hus­band led an­other heart. De­clarer ruffed in dummy, drew trumps and took the top di­a­monds. When West dis­carded, South shrugged and led a spade to his queen. Mak­ing six.”

East missed a good de­fense: She must over­take West’s king of hearts and lead a spade.

South could fi­nesse but will take the ace and rely on dummy’s di­a­monds. If they broke 4-2, South could set up the long di­a­mond for a spade dis­card. As it is, he fails. East’s de­fense re­moves one of his op­tions.

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