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BRIDGE BITES  #22

 

 

COUNTING THE HAND

                                                                       Brian Gunnell

 

♠ AJ94

QJ94

Q

♣ Q542

 

 

 

E-W Vulnerable

South   West     North    East

              2         Dbl       4

4♠        Pass    Pass     Pass

 

Westís 2 was a Weak Two, showing less than opening values and a 6-card suit.  East further crowded N-S by jumping to 4 and South tried 4♠.  The good news for E-W is that they have bounced N-S into a poor contract, the bad news for them is that you can make your contract if you do a little counting.

        Dummy

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

♠ T7652

A865

2

♣ KJ3

 

You must lose a Club and a Diamond.  That means that you must play the trump suit for one loser and the Heart suit for no losers.  West leads the A and shifts to the ♣T.  East wins the Ace and returns a Club to your King (mercifully, West follows suit).  How do you play the trump suit?