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BRIDGE BITES  #54

      

 

A ROAD MAP

                                         Brian Gunnell

 

♠ T

9765

A9632

♣ AKQ

 

            E-W Vulnerable

            West     North    East     South

                                        1        Pass

            2♠         Dbl        Pass   4

            Pass    Pass     Dbl     Pass

            Pass    Pass

 

            If the N-S hands look familiar, thatís because they were

            featured in the previous Bite (#53).  But the E-W hands have

            been changed and this time East doubles.  That was not a

            wise move, as we are about to see.

        Dummy

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

♠ A872

A432

7

♣ J982

 

In that previous Bite, in the absence of a Double, Declarer played for 3-2 trumps, and as that turned out to be the case, 10 tricks could be made by winning the Spade lead, and ducking a round of trumps at Trick 2.  Declarer could win the return, draw just one more round of trumps and, leaving one trump at large, could cash winners and merrily cross-ruff his way to 10 tricks.

 

But in this Bite, we have that Double.  No guarantees, but that makes it likely that East has four trumps.  So, making that assumption, how will you play the hand?