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BRIDGE BITES  #90

      

 

RISK AND REWARD

                                                              Brian Gunnell

 

♠ A

Q63

AQJ96

♣ K863

            Both Vulnerable

            South   West     North    East

                                       1          Pass

            1         Pass    2♣         Pass

            2NT      Pass    3NT      Pass

            Pass    Pass

 

            In a team game or a money game, making the contract is

            all-important, and overtricks are merely a secondary

            consideration.  But, in duplicate bridge, the method of

            scoring rewards overtricks and, as we’ll see, that can

            influence the play of the hand.

        Dummy

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

♠ K654

A542

832

♣ A5

 

First, try this 3NT in a team game, and focus entirely on making the contract.  West leads ♠J, won in Dummy.  What’s the simple route to 9 tricks?