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BRIDGE BITES  #30

      

 

COUNT SIGNALS

                                                      Brian Gunnell

 

Count Dracula may have been a scary fellow, but Count Signals can be the defenders’ best friend, as illustrated in this week’s deal.  You are West, see if you can beat 5♠ doubled.

                                                   None Vulnerable

                                                   South   West     North    East

                                                   3♠         Dbl        4♠         5

                                                   Pass    Pass     5♠         Pass

                                                   Pass    Dbl       Pass     Pass

                                                   Pass

 

 

♠ 65

K98762

♣ KQT96

♠ Q

AKT43

AJ54

♣ A53

       Dummy

 

West            East

 

      Declarer

  

You lead a high Heart, ruffed in Dummy.  Then a Club is played to Declarer’s Jack.  Do you win this trick?  And how do propose to set the contract?