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BRIDGE BITES  #7

 

 

AN OLD RUSE

                                            Brian Gunnell

 

Here’s a neat deception, but, alas, it won’t work against modern signaling methods.  You are West, defending 3NT after this auction:

 

                                                    None Vulnerable

                                                    South   West    North   East

                                                    1NT      Pass   2♣        Pass

                                                    2         Pass   3NT      Pass

                                                    Pass    Pass

                                                                                                  

 

♠ 54

7542

AQJT

♣ Q93

♠ KT86

KT86

542

♣ K4

       Dummy

 

West            East

 

      Declarer

 

Against 3NT you lead your 4th-best Spade.  East’s Jack is taken by Declarer’s Queen, then a Diamond to Dummy's Queen, and the losing Club finesse to your King.  How do you plan to beat this contract?