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BRIDGE BITES  #44

      

 

CHERCHEZ LA FEMME

                                                                        Brian Gunnell

 

♠ A873

QT9

985

♣ K32

 

            E-W Vulnerable

            South   West     North    East

                                                     1NT

            2♠         Pass     3♠         Pass

            4♠         Pass     Pass    Pass

 

            That 1NT opening showed 15-17 HCP, after which the

             auction inches its way up to 4♠.  West leads the Q, won by

             your Ace.  You have one loser in each of the side-suits, so to

             make your contract you must avoid losing a trump trick.

        Dummy

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

♠ KJT92

3

AK643

♣ Q4

 

In your search for the Queen of trumps you could choose to finesse against West, or to finesse against East, or to “play for the drop” (hoping that the suit is 2-2 or the ♠Q is singleton).  The general rule, when holding a 9-card fit, is to play for the drop, all things being equal that is about a 58% chance.

 

So, the question is “Do you play for the drop?”