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BRIDGE BITES  #89

      

 

CONJURING TRICK

                                                           Brian Gunnell

 

♠ Q2

QJT6

A432

♣ A62

 

            None Vulnerable

            South   West     North    East

            1         Pass    4?      Pass

            Pass     Pass

 

            North took the direct route to game, but there are other ways

            to bid that hand.  Most tournament players use 1-4 as a

            preempt (5+ Hearts and a weak hand) and use a conventional

            2NT bid for the actual North hand, thereby giving N-S the

            the opportunity to investigate slam if appropriate (which in this

            case it is not!)

 

        Dummy

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

♠ AT

K9743

KQ5

♣ 543

 

Against 4 West led the ♣K, won by Dummy’s Ace.  A trump was lost to West’s Ace, West cashed the K (East playing the Jack), and then the T (East pitching a Spade), before exiting safely with a Diamond.  At this point you can count nine top tricks.  Do you see how you might conjure up a tenth?  And who has the K?