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BRIDGE BITES  #67

      

 

A FREE SHOT

                                        Brian Gunnell

 

          

♠ A42

865

9643

♣ T43

                  

 

 

            None Vulnerable

            South   West     North    East

            1♣         1        Pass     4

            5♣         Pass    Pass    Dbl

            Pass     Pass   Pass

 

            South boldly bids up to 5 all on

            her own and gets rewarded with

            a decent dummy.

♠ QJ7

KQJ97

875

♣ 85

       Dummy

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

♠ T985

AT432

K2

♣ KJ

 

♠ K63

AQJT

♣ AQ9762

 

 

West leads the K which Declarer ruffs.  Over to the A, Club finesse, cash the A, back to Dummy’s T, then a Diamond finesse.  When the K comes down doubleton it is 12 tricks no less!  Was that a foolish Double by East or what?

 

Yes, it’s always embarrassing when you double them and they make an overtrick.  But East missed the chance for a delicious deception!  See if you can conjure up a masterful deceptive play in order to defeat the contract!