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BRIDGE BITES  #85

      

 

DON'T BE FOOLED

                                                          Brian Gunnell

 

          

♠ Q973

QJ98

J943

♣ A

 

           E-W Vulnerable

           South   West     North    East

           1         Pass    3         Pass    

           4         Pass    Pass    Pass

As West, you lead the ♠J and the defense must conjure up 4 tricks.  But be warned!  Declarer is a tricky fellow, and some flim-flam is not entirely out of the question.

♠ JT86

K4

AQ5

♣ QT32

       Dummy

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

 

Your ♠J opening lead is covered by the Queen, King, Ace.  Declarer leads a Club to Dummyís ♣A, and then takes the losing Heart finesse.  After winning the K it is time for West to ponder a while.  Where will the defense find three more tricks?