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BRIDGE BITES  #16

 

 

DONíT OVERRUFF!

                                                           Brian Gunnell

 

This week you are West, defending 3♠.  You must make three good plays in order to beat this contract.  Are you up to the challenge?

 

                                                    Both Vulnerable

                                                    West    North   East     South

                                                                                           1♠

                                                    Pass    1NT      2       2♠

                                                    Pass     Pass   3♣       3♠

                                                    Pass     Pass   Pass

 

 

♠ 2

Q764

KQ752

♣ QT4

♠ A86

J2

9864

♣ 7632

       Dummy

 

West            East

 

      Declarer

 

You lead the J which holds the trick, Partner playing the Ten.  Partner wins the second Heart trick with the Eight, and then plays a high Heart.  Declarer ruffs this with the Nine and itís time for you to make your first good play.