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BRIDGE BITES  #32

      

 

SECOND HAND HIGH

                                                                 Brian Gunnell

 

“Second hand low” is common advice, but this is a hand where it pays to ignore that recommendation. 

 

          

♠ K

96

AJT98

♣ J9764

                  

 

 

 

 

 

E-W Vulnerable

South   West     North    East

1NT      Pass    3NT      Pass

Pass    Pass

 

♠ JT98

432

K6

♣ K853

       Dummy

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

♠ A762

JT87

Q75

♣ QT

 

♠ Q543

AKQ5

432

♣ A2

 

 

North saw no reason to mess about showing the minors, so she jumped straight to game in the most likely contract.  West had the obvious lead of the ♠J, won by East’s Ace.  Back came a Spade and Declarer could see 9 tricks if she could bring in the Diamonds.  She finessed the J, losing to the Queen.  The defense cashed their Spades, but Dummy’s Diamonds were good.  Declarer’s 9 tricks were a Spade, three Hearts, four Diamonds and a Club.  Somebody goofed, who was it?