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BRIDGE BITES  #14

 

 

A COUPLE OF UPPERCUTS

                                                                                       Brian Gunnell

  

                                                  Both Vulnerable

                                                  South   West    North   East

                                                  1♠        Pass     2        4

                                                  4♠        Pass    Pass    Pass

 

 

♠ T9

J

AQJ32

♣ Q5432

♠ J87

A

98754

♣ AKT8

       Dummy

 

West            East

 

      Declarer

 

As West, your opening lead is the A.  Then you try the ♣K on which Partner plays the Seven and Declarer the Nine.  Next, you cash the ♣A (everyone following).  You’ve now cashed your three winners, where’s the setting trick?  You can be sure that Declarer has the K to go along with his good Spades, so is giving Partner a Diamond ruff the only chance?