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BRIDGE BITES  #80

      

 

NERVES OF STEEL

                                                          Brian Gunnell

 

          

♠ AK76

QJ

J64

♣ QT76

 

 

Both Vulnerable

South   West     North    East

                           1♣         1

1♠         Pass    2♠         Pass

4♠         Pass    Pass    Pass

♠ 932

T8754

75

♣ K43

       Dummy

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

 

As West, you lead a Diamond to Eastís King, East cashes the A, and you ruff the third round of the suit.  You exit with a trump, safe in the knowledge that this contract is surely going down, as surely your K will score a trick sooner or later.  But, to make things more interesting, we will assume that you are playing matchpoints and that it would therefore be especially rewarding to beat this contract by two tricks.  What is your plan?