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BRIDGE BITES  #18

      

 

SMARTER THAN 2nd GRADER

                                                                                              Brian Gunnell

 

We learn to count in first- and second-grade, but somehow this basic skill deserts many bridge players in the heat of battle.

                                                     None Vulnerable

                                                     West    North   East     South

                                                     1♣        1        1        1♠

                                                     2        2♠        Pass   3♠       

                                                     Pass    4♠       Pass   Pass

                                                     Pass

 

♠ A832

Q85

QJ7653

      Dummy

 

West       East

 

     Declarer

♠ KQJT9

T72

A

♣ KJT9

 

West leads a low Heart and East inserts the Jack.  Then East cashes the A and crosses back to West’s K.  There’s nothing you can do about the first three tricks and now you need the rest.  Where are 10 tricks coming from?