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BRIDGE BITES  #60

      

 

A JOY TO BEHOLD

                                                            Brian Gunnell

 

♠ KT4

QJ4

8432

♣ 975

 

            N-S Vulnerable

            South   West     North    East

            2NT      Pass    3NT      Pass

            Pass    Pass

 

            This deal was played in a team-of-four game.  At both

            tables South opened 2NT, showing a balanced hand and

            20-21 HCP, and North raised to game.  Westís opening

            lead was the K.  Do you see how to make 9 tricks?

            Clue: There is some trickery involved!

        Dummy

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

♠ A32

AK82

AJ9

♣ A64

 

At the first table, Declarer counted eight top tricks and the only prospect for a ninth was to score a second Diamond.  One possibility was to let the K win the first trick, in the hope that West would be lured into continuing Diamonds, allowing Declarerís Jack to score (the so-called Bath Coup).  Is that a good idea?