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BRIDGE BITES  #35

      

 

THE CROCODILE COUP

                                                                       Brian Gunnell

 

 

♠ KQT9

8732

K6

♣ 843

♠ J63

J5

932

♣ KT976

       Dummy

 

West            East

 

      Hamman

 

Weíll spare you the auction and just say that American many-time world champion Bob Hamman found himself in a poor 6 contract after East had overcalled Spades.  You are sitting West.

 

You lead the Spade Three, Dummy plays the King, East the Ace and Declarer ruffs.  Then a Diamond to Dummyís King, a Diamond to Declarerís Jack, and the A.  Partner follows with the Seven, Ten and Queen.  With trumps drawn, Declarer now plays A, K, Q, East playing the Four, Six, Ten.  As Hamman is going along his merry way, what have you been doing other than following suit?