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BRIDGE BITES  #51

      

 

SIDE-SUITS FIRST

                                                        Brian Gunnell

 

In our first bridge lesson we are taught to draw the defenders’ trumps early in the play, lest they start ruffing our winners.  We then spend the rest of our lives discovering (sometimes painfully) that there are exceptions to this rule.

 

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            E-W Vulnerable

            South   West     North    East

                                       1         1♠

            2♣        2♠          3♣        4♠

            5♣        Dbl        All Pass

 

            With extreme distribution around the table, it’s not unusual for

            the bidding to keep on going until someone finally says “Enough

            already, I double you!”  Here, West questions South’s ability to

            make 11 tricks in Clubs.  A low Spade is led to East’s King,

            and Declarer ruffs that.  What next?

        Dummy

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

JT

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