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BRIDGE BITES  #27

      

 

THREE DEGREES OF BACON

                                                                                             Brian Gunnell

 

♠ AT2

Q6

KQJT73

♣ 84

 

 

 

E-W Vulnerable

South   West     North    East

                                        1♠

Pass    2♠         3         Pass

3        Pass     Pass    Pass

 

This deal features an astonishing defense by West, we’ll get to the winning play by degrees.

 

        Dummy

 

West               East

 

       Declarer

♠ 84

KJT987

A6

♣ T52

 

West’s lead is the Spade Seven, won in Dummy.

 

In the first degree, you are Declarer.  With that running Diamond suit you have loads of winners, but the danger is that E-W will get five tricks first.  You can try for a Club ruff in Dummy, but alert defenders will switch to trumps (being sure to hold up the A until the second round).  Nonetheless, at Trick 2, you lead a Club hoping that something good will happen.