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BRIDGE BITES  #92

      

 

A TRAIN TO CATCH

                                                             Brian Gunnell

 

♠ T8

AK

T65

♣ KQ5432

 

 

Both Vulnerable

South   West     North    East

                                         3♦

3NT      Pass    6NT      Pass

Pass    Pass

 

When he bid 6NT, could North be sure that E-W wouldn’t cash two Diamonds on the go?  Almost.  East supposedly had seven Diamonds … if South’s stopper was the Ace or King then no problem … and if South held Qxx then West probably couldn’t lead the suit!

        Dummy

 

West            East

 

       Declarer

♠ AKQJ

9854

KJ9

♣ A8

 

Against 6NT, West led the Q, and Declarer could count 9 top tricks.  A couple of Diamond tricks would get him up to only 11, so it looked like he needed Clubs to break 3-2.  Judging from what followed, one can only assume that this was the last board of the evening and that Declarer had a train to catch.  He concluded that the Clubs had better be 3-2, and announced to the assembled throng: “Making slam if the Clubs are 3-2, down one if they are 4-1”.  When it turned out that Clubs were actually 5-0 the protagonists negotiated a settlement of down two.

 

If Declarer had not been reliant on public transport and had given more thought at Trick 1 then he might have seen that the contract had chances even if Clubs misbehaved.  Our question is: At Trick 2, what is the only card from Dummy which enables Declarer to make his contract?