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BRIDGE BITES  #24

      

 

HOLD-UP PLAY

                                           Brian Gunnell

 

This is a tale of two errors, see if you can spot them.

 

♠ A83

432

QT9

♣ KQ85

 

 

N-S Vulnerable

South   West     North    East

1          Dbl       Rdbl     1♠

3          Pass    3NT      4

Pass    Pass     5         Pass

Pass    Pass

 

Eastís was presumably sacrificing, figuring that the penalty in 4 or 4♠ doubled would be cheaper than conceding a vulnerable game.  This pushed N-S to the perilous contract of 5, which, as you will see, Declarer is about to bungle.

 

        Dummy

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

♠ 74

K7

AKJ532

♣ A42

 

Against 5 West led the ♠K, won by Dummyís Ace and trumps were drawn.  Declarer could count 10 top tricks, but where was the 11th?  Not the K as West needed the A to justify his Takeout Double.  That meant that a 4th Club trick was required.  Could Clubs have been 3-3?