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BRIDGE BITES  #21

 

 

VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY

                                                                             Brian Gunnell

 

Forgive the grandiloquent title, we are not talking here about Lewis and Clark, nor the HMS Beagle, nor even Christopher Columbus.  We merely refer to Declarer’s intelligent (but hardly epic) play of the ♣K in the following deal:

 

♠ K9

854

QT

♣ QJT842

 

E-W Vulnerable

South   West    North   East

                                       1NT

2♠        Pass    Pass    Pass

 

Just in case it happens to be a really useful clue, we should point out that East’s 1NT showed 15-17 HCP.

 

West leads the J which holds the trick.   East wins next two tricks with the Q followed by the A.  Now East cashes the A and continues the suit.  You can win this in hand or in Dummy, and must decide how to tackle trumps.  What is the percentage play?

        Dummy

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

♠ AJT652

963

KJ3

♣ K