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BRIDGE BITES  #8

 

 

A LITTLE WHITE LIE

                                                                Brian Gunnell

 

On defense, sometimes a little white lie is necessary in order to point Partner in the right direction.  No more clues, hereís your problem:

 

♠ K86

KQ6

KQJT6

♣ 76

 

        Dummy

 

West            East

 

        Declarer

♠ 9732

T982

A8

♣ 843

 

                                                 None Vulnerable

                                                 South   West    North   East

                                                 1         2♣        2        Pass

                                                 2         Pass   4        Pass

                                                 Pass    Pass

 

You are sitting East, trying to beat 4.  Partner leads the ♣A.  Where can you find four defensive tricks?  Assuming that West has the Ace-King of Clubs, it seems more than likely that Declarer has the ♠A and the A for that opening bid, so at first glance it may appear that the best the defense can do is to take its two Club tricks and the A.  That's not enough!  Any ideas for an extra trick?  OK, now that youíve solved the problem, let us proceed ...