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BRIDGE BITES  #40

      

 

THE SCISSORS COUP

                                                                     Brian Gunnell

 

Here we feature the Scissors Coup, so-called because it cuts communications between the two defenders.

                                                             Both Vulnerable

                                                             West     North    East      South

                                                             1          Dbl        4         4♠

                                                             5          Pass     Pass    5♠

                                                             Pass     Pass     Pass

 

 

♠ J95

AKJ7

43

♣ AT87

♠ A4

T

AJT65

♣ KQJ52

       Dummy

 

West              East

 

       Declarer

          

Eastís 4 was preemptive, showing long Diamonds and not much else.  As West, whatís your opening lead?