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BRIDGE BITES  #48

      

 

THE CUSTOMARY RETORT

                                                                                   Brian Gunnell

 

♠ 32

Q832

AK52

♣ K43

 

             E-W Vulnerable

             South   West     North    East

                                        1           Pass

             1         Pass    2         Pass

             6         Pass    Pass    Pass

 

            After that bold leap to 6, West leads the ♠K. Declarer

            can count 10 top tricks (consisting of 5 trumps and 5

            side-suit winners). 

 

            Our question to you is “Where are the other two tricks

            coming from?”

        Dummy

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

♠ A654

AKJT9

♣ A986

 

As you try to get your trick count up from 10 to 12, will it help your cause to ruff two Diamonds?