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BRIDGE BITES  #88

      

 

ALERTNESS REQUIRED

                                                                          Brian Gunnell

 

♠ K4

KT32

J876

♣ KQ5      

 

 

 

 

            Both Vulnerable

            South   West     North    East

            1NT      Pass     2        Pass

            2         Pass     3NT     Pass

            Pass     Pass

 

       Dummy

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

♠ 975

QJ97

A4

♣ JT94

 

You are sitting East and Westís opening lead is the Q.  When Dummy goes down with no fewer than 12 HCP opposite Declarerís 15-17, things might seem bleak for the defense.  But they wonít be if you remain alert!

 

Westís Queen holds the first trick, and Dummyís King wins the continuation.  How many tricks does Declarer have at this point?