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BRIDGE BITES  #73

      

 

A TWO-EDGED SWORD

                                                                        Brian Gunnell

 

♠ T762

43

Q654

♣ Q64

            E-W Vulnerable

            South   West     North    East

                          Pass    Pass    1NT

            2         3         Pass     Pass

            3         Pass    Pass     Pass

 

             According to the E-W bidding methods, Eastís 1NT showed

            15-17 and Westís 3 was purely competitive.  South pushed

             on to 3, a precarious contract which depended on playing

             the Spades for one loser.  Given the apparent lack of        

             entries to Dummy, that was likely to be problematic.

        Dummy

 

West               East

 

       Declarer

♠ AQ98

KQJ976

J

♣ K2

 

West leads his 4th best Diamond and, as this is the Three, and considering the bidding, it is clear that West had led from a five-card suit.  East wins her Ace, and you ruff the Diamond continuation.  Before drawing trumps, you might as well play the ♣K, hoping to force an entry to Dummy.  But E-W are up to the challenge and the King is allowed to hold the trick.  How did E-W know that you were not trying to sneak through the singleton K?