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BRIDGE BITES  #63

      

 

THIRD TIME LUCKY

                                                              Brian Gunnell

 

Here is a deal which looks pretty simple, but don’t be fooled!  We can tell you now that none of the suits breaks impolitely, and yet making 10 tricks may not be as easy as it at first appears.

 

♠ 2

KQJT

QT86

♣ AQJ9

 

            E-W Vulnerable

            South   West     North    East

                                       1          Pass

           1        Pass      3         Pass

           4        Pass      Pass    Pass

   

            West led a Spade and Declarer saw an easy route to 10

            tricks.  He’d get two Spade ruffs in Dummy, added to which

            there would be three more trump tricks, the ♠A and four

            Clubs. Seems too easy, what’s the catch?

        Dummy

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

♠ AJ5

9832

J7

♣ K653