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BRIDGE BITES  #20

 

 

THE POWER OF DEDUCTION

                                                                                            Brian Gunnell

 

This is not the most swashbuckling auction ever to appear in Bridge Bites but the deal does provide a test for Declarerís powers of deduction.

 

                                                     Both Vulnerable

                                                     South  West    North   East    

                                                                              Pass   Pass

                                                     1♠        Pass   Pass   Pass

 

985

KJ842

♣ 98432

       Dummy

 

West            East

 

      Declarer

♠ AKJT98

K32

96

♣ KQ

 

West leads the ♣J won by Eastís Ace and it takes half a nano-second for East to find the Q shift.  What do you do on this trick?