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BRIDGE BITES  #47

      

 

A SMOOTH DUCK

                                                         Brian Gunnell

 

♠ QT754

AQT9

64

♣ 83

 

            Both Vulnerable

            South   West     North    East

            1♣        Pass     1♠         Pass

            2NT      Pass     3        Pass

            3NT      Pass     Pass   Pass

 

            N-S did well not to blunder into 4 (down at least one),

            instead lurching into the more manageable contract of

            3NT.  Think you can make it?

        Dummy

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

♠ A98

J7

QJ73

♣ AKQJ

 

West leads the Diamond Ten, to Eastís Ace.  Back comes a Diamond to your Queen and Westís King, followed by the Nine to your Jack (East pitching a Heart).  You can count seven top tricks at this point.  Do you look for additional tricks in Spades or in Hearts?