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BRIDGE BITES  #49

      

 

MANAGING THE ENTRIES

                                                                               Brian Gunnell

 

This week’s hand comes from a duplicate bridge event, where the method of scoring generously rewards the making of overtricks.

 

♠ AKT9

Q

987

♣ T9764

           

            E-W Vulnerable

            South   West     North    East

            1         Pass    1♠         Pass

            2♣         Pass    3♣         Pass

            3NT      Pass     Pass    Pass

 

            Can Declarer make 10 tricks after a low Diamond lead?  Our

            title is one clue, and we’ll also say that West is a slippery

            cove, and that the play in Clubs is crucial.  Alright, that’s

            enough clues, now let’s critique Declarer’s line of play.

        Dummy

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

KJ964

AQ6

♣ A8532

 

West leads the Diamond Three, to East’s King and Declarer’s Ace.  He cashes the A (both defenders following suit), and loses a Club which West wins.  West returns the Diamond Ten, should Declarer win this trick?