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BRIDGE BITES  #59

      

 

DUCK A LA GLYNDA

                                                                Brian Gunnell

 

Don’t be fooled by that title, what follows is not a recipe, it is a bridge column.

 

          

♠ T62

75

T7

♣ AJT632

                  

 

 

            Both Vulnerable

            South   West     North    East

            2NT      Pass    3NT      Pass

            Pass    Pass

 

            This was played at a local club

            duplicate, a form of the game

            where each deal is played by

            many different pairs. 

 

♠ 97

A943

J852

♣ Q98

       Dummy

 

West          Glynda

 

       Declarer

♠ QJ83

T862

Q63

♣ K4

 

♠ AK54

KQJ

AK94

♣ 75

 

 

At every table the contract was 3NT played by South.  And at almost every table the play went much the same way.  West led a low Heart, won by Declarer.  It was clear to Declarer that he would not have enough tricks unless Dummy’s Clubs could be established, so at Trick 2 he finessed the ♣J, losing to East’s King.  The defense continued Hearts and when Declarer got back in he took a deep breath and tried a second Club finesse.  When that worked Declarer had no fewer than 11 tricks.

 

Perhaps the title of this column has given away the game, but we’ll ask the question anyway.  How could East have beaten 3NT?