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BRIDGE BITES  #25

      

 

FISHING FOR CLUES

                                                                   Brian Gunnell

 

As the play-of-the-hand develops Declarer is constantly on the look-out for the clues which will point to the right line of play.  But these clues donít always come gift-wrapped, sometimes Declarer must go fishing.

 

♠ 5

QJ63

AJ7432

♣ A8

 

 

 

E-W Vulnerable

South   West     North    East

1         Pass    2         Pass

3         Pass     4        Pass

6         Pass    Pass    Pass

 

Against 6, West leads a Heart and Declarer draws trumps in two rounds.   Itís a fine slam but not quite iron-clad.  What is the only danger to this slam?

 

        Dummy

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

♠ KQJT

AKT75

KT96