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BRIDGE BITES  #45

      

 

FIND THE LADY

                                                Brian Gunnell

 

♠ AQ54

KT7

KT432

♣ 3

           

            N-S Vulnerable

            South   West      North    East

                         3           Dbl       5

            6        Pass      Pass     Pass

 

            West’s 3 was a weak bid, usually showing a 7-card suit,

            and East’s 5 was a further attempt to gum up the N-S

            bidding.  Nonetheless, N-S get to the good 6 contract,

            all you have to do now is to make 12 tricks.

 

        Dummy

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

♠ KJT3

AQJ

AJ95

♣ J4

 

West’s Ace won the opening Club lead and the next Club was ruffed in Dummy.  Assuming that trumps are not 5-0, the contract hinges on not losing a Diamond trick.  At this point in the proceedings, which defender is favorite to hold the Q?