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BRIDGE BITES  #42

      

 

THE STRIPTEASE COUP

                                                                          Brian Gunnell

 

 

♠ AQ765

53

Q4

♣ 9854

 

♠ JT943

KQT4

65

♣ A3

       Dummy

 

West            East

 

      Declarer

♠ 82

9876

JT982

♣ K7

 

♠ K

AJ2

AK73

♣ QJT62

 

 

After West has overcalled in Spades, South finds herself in 5♣, a contract which appears doomed when West’s opening lead is the K.  As you can see from the diagram, Declarer appears to have nothing but losing options:

-          She cannot play on trumps immediately because the defense has three cashing tricks

-          She cannot pitch her two Heart losers on the top Spades because East will ruff the third round

-          She cannot pitch Dummy’s Heart loser on the Diamonds because West will ruff the third round.

 

Any ideas on how to make 11 tricks?