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BRIDGE BITES  #17

 

 

A TRUMP DEMOTION

                                                                  Brian Gunnell

 

If you’ve seen Bridge Bites 14, 15 and 16 then by now you are familiar with trump promotions.  They are not so difficult once you get the hang of them, but it takes real talent to organize a trump demotion!  We are putting you in the West seat and it is your job to avoid this ignominious fate.

 

                                                   E-W Vulnerable

                                                   West    North   East     South

                                                                Pass   Pass   1♠

                                                   Pass    2♠        Pass   3♠       

                                                   Pass    4        Pass   Pass

                                                   Pass

                                                                                       

 

♠ T64

T832

3

♣ AQJ87

AK

Q97652

♣ T9432

       Dummy

 

West            East

 

      Declarer

 

Against suit contracts, leading a suit headed by the Ace-King is a relatively safe occupation.  Nowadays most players lead Ace from Ace-King.  That being the case, what would it mean if you switched the order and led the King followed by the Ace?